GEORGE TOWN – The Health Ministry is in the midst of expanding the hemodialysis service to more health clinics nationwide to enable underprivileged kidney patients to get treatment.
Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said eight health clinics in the country had been providing the service since 2013 and the ministry hoped to see five more clinics to provide the service soon.
“Yes, what we have in the public health sector is insufficient to accommodate the rising number of kidney patients. So, I welcome private sector and non-governmental organisations to take an initiative as a community service by donating hemodialysis machines to public health clinics.
“This is part of our efforts to increase the number of existing facilities,” he told reporters after opening the World Kidney Day 2015 celebration in George Town, Sunday.
Also present were Penang Health director Datuk Dr Zailan Adnan, Health Ministry’s Head of Nephrology Service Datuk Dr Tan Chwee Choon, National Kidney Foundation president Datuk Dr Zaki Morad Mohd Zaher and Malaysian Society of Nephrology president Datuk Dr Ong Loke Meng. – BERNAMA