JOHOR BARU: JB Lions hopes to move to bigger premises or own a building to better serve patients undergoing hemodialysis treatment.
Chairman Dr Ding Liang Hock said the JB Lions-MAA-MEDIcare Charity Dialysis Centre in Century Garden was too small to accommodate them.
The centre, which opened in 1988, has 72 patients and is equipped with 17 dialysis machines, six of which were purchased before 2002 and need to be replaced.
It runs on three shifts on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and two shifts on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and is managed by a staff of 10.
“By moving to a bigger place, the centre will be able to take in more patients and increase the number of dialysis machines,’’ he said.
Ding said this after receiving a dialysis machine worth RM43,000 for the centre from Naza TTDI Sdn Bhd group managing director Datuk Johan Ariffin.
The donation was part of RM1.69mil collected from the company’s charity golf tournament in 2008.
The money was recently distributed to more than 180 charitable bodies nationwide.
Since the centre was housed in a double-storey shop-office unit, some of the machines were on the ground floor and others on the first floor, he said.
“Many patients receive treatment on the first floor as they find it difficult to take the stairs,’’ said Ding.
He said the centre could not install a lift for the patients as, under the building’s bylaws, a lift could not be installed.
Ding said that some patients were sent to the centre on stretchers by ambulance.
He said the narrow front lane of the centre, which was designed as a car park, posed a problem for attendants handling the stretchers.
He said that kidney disease was life-threatening and affected 3,000 Malaysians yearly due to their unhealthy diet and lifestyle.
Ding said that diabetes and hypertension were the two main factors that led to the disease, resulting in patients having to get kidney transplants or seeking dialysis for the rest of their lives.
He said, despite the many campaigns by the Government and private sector to promote a healthy lifestyle, the number kidney patients was on the rise.
“What is alarming is that those as young as 20 years are suffering from the disease,’’ said Ding.
Apart from the Century Garden centre, JB Lions has a centre in Taman Baiduri, Danga, that opened in 2004 with 38 patients and nine machines.
Those interested in donating can contact Ding at 012-732 8029, Rosnah Abdul Jalil at 016-723 0233 or Joe Chan at 016-226 2601, or visit the website at www.maa-medicare.com.my