KUALA LUMPUR: About 40% of the 2,200 renal failure patients diagnosed yearly are not treated because of a lack of dialysis centres catering for the poor, said Nanyang Foundation chairman Datuk Wong See Wah.
In view of the pressing need, he said, the foundation would set up two more charity dialysis centres in Kampar and Banting to complement the operations of its existing centre in Setapak.
The new centres, scheduled to be ready by year's end, have been made possible by generous Malaysians, whose overwhelming support through a charity dinner organised by the foundation last month helped it to raise RM1.9mil.
Funds for more dialysis machines also came from the corporate sector, including Public Bank, which donated RM100,000.
The RM100,000 will enable us to buy two dialysis machines, and with 11 machines operating in each centre, 120 more patients will benefit, said Wong after receiving the contribution from Public Bank chairman and founder Tan Sri Teh Hong Piow yesterday.
Teh said the donation was in line with the banks corporate philosophy to care for the community and contribute to the nations progress.
The Nanyang Foundation charity dialysis centre charges RM60 per treatment compared to commercial centres, which charge between RM150 and RM300. Kidney failure patients need three four-hour dialysis sessions per week.