SIBU: Patients who need brain surgery can continue seeking treatment at Sibu Hospital as it has bought back a soft tissue ultrasonic aspirator machine that it had previously rented from a company for the past year.
The buyback was possible with a combined donation of RM90,000 from Sibu MP Oscar Ling, and Pelawan and Bukit Assek assemblymen David Wong and Irene Chang respectively.
Speaking to reporters at the mock cheque handing over ceremony, Wong said the owner of the machine had wanted to recover it upon expiry of the rental contract.
“The hospital authority approached us on the matter. So the three of us decided to raise the money to buy the machine, ” he added.
With the machine still at the hospital, he said it would benefit the 800,000 people in the central region.
Wong said the original machine cost almost RM500,000 and the owner had agreed to sell it for RM90,000.
He said the money would be given to the hospital visitors board for it to pay off the cost of the machine.
Hospital director Dr Ngian Hie Ung disclosed that without the machine, patients in the region would have to go to Kuching for surgery. – By ANDY CHUA
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