EFFORTS to establish state-run dialysis centres in every constituency in Selangor are proving difficult.
“In an attempt to keep up with the overwhelming demand for dialysis centres, the state government is working with multiple parties, including the private sector,” said Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim (pic).
He said this in response to Razaly Hassan (PAS-Dusun Tua), who asked about the status of the plan.
“The state government plans to have talks with the Health Ministry to discuss the matter,” said Khalid.
He added that the ministry’s cooperation was necessary as the state-run dialysis centres required licences before they could start operating.
The licences can be obtained only when the dialysis centres fulfil the required standards set by the ministry.
“As most constituencies do not have these centres yet, our temporary solution is to acquire the services of private dialysis centres, which will incur additional costs,” Khalid said.
According to Khalid, there are currently four state-run dialysis centres in Ampang, Taman Medan, Sementa and Lembah Keramat, with one more in Jalan Kebun awaiting approval from the Health Ministry.
He said the number of patients receiving treatment at the dialysis centres was three times more than the number of dialysis machines available.
“Though we have yet to achieve our goal, we can at least begin to provide the required dialysis services for the underprivileged in these constituencies without charging any payment,” he added.