Free wound dressing a boon for the poor

Kuan (centre) witnessing the handing over of the wound care kit to the Community Policing Association of Malaysia.

A FREE wound care service for the poor and bedridden has been launched by the Community Policing Association of Malaysia.

The service aims to treat people who cannot afford to pay for dressing and treatment for their wounds.

Association president Kuan Chee Heng launched the free service at its office in Puchong.

“It is very important to treat wounds effectively, especially at the initial stage, otherwise gangrene may develop.

“It saddens me that many cannot afford this important treatment.

“I hope this programme will relieve the burden of family members who have to care for their loved ones who are sick and in need,” he added.

Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL) is assisting by training the association’s nurses on wound care treatment.

Kuan also thanked HKL for donating a wound care kit worth RM5,000 to the association.

Currently, the association has two certified nurses to perform the procedures.

They will also help elderly patients with nasogastric intubation as well as urinary catheter insertion.

A nurse demonstrating first aid at the launch.

“We will try our best to treat all patients who seek our help.

“If the wound is severe, we will send the patient to HKL for further treatment,” said Kuan.

Currently, the free wound care programme operates around the Puchong area from 9am to 5pm.

However, Kuan said they would try to go to other areas in cases of emergency.

“The sick should not have to suffer in silence,” he said.

Kuan asked the public not to misuse the service because it was meant for those who could not afford to pay.

Nurse Zahrah Azmi said they would help a patient until their wound is cured completely.

“We will do a follow-up after the initial treatment.

“We will check in everyday or on alternate days depending on the severity of the wound until it is healed.”

Nurses will also show family members how the dressing and treatment should be done so that they can take over if needed.

Volunteers are welcome and pharmacies can donate items, such as bandages, antiseptic solutions and other equipment.

For enquiries, call 018-268 3999.

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