Sarawak allocates RM2.4 million to help kidney patients

Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah (File pix)
25/05/2022 06:30 PM

KUCHING, May 25 (Bernama) -- The Government of Sarawak has set aside RM2.4 million for the Special Aid for Kidney Patients (BPBP) to help reduce the cost of treatments for 130 patients over the past two years.

State Minister of Women Development, Children and Community Wellbeing Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah said the special aid comprised clinical assistance such as Arteriovenous Fistula (AVF) installation, Erythropoietin (EPO) injection, hemodialysis treatment and Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis (CAPD).

“Under this initiative, the State government had also allocated RM249,000 for the purchase of six hemodialysis machines, two of which are placed at the Sarawak Heart Centre, and one each at Marudi Hospital, Saratok Hospital, Dalat Hospital and Sarikei Hospital,” she said when winding up the debate on the motion of thanks for the Yang di-Pertua Negeri’s address at the State Assembly sitting here today.

She said her ministry had also channelled Medical Assistance totalling RM432,429 to nine patients requiring immediate medical treatment, since October last year.

“It was given as a one-off financial aid to help the patients cover the costs of surgery and implant procedures, purchase of medical equipment, medicines and others for the purpose of treatment, rehabilitation and recovery,” she added.