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DIALYSIS CENTRES With 29 centres located nationwide and 1577 patients (as at February 2023) dialysis patients to manage, the Dialysis Manager of the National Kidney Foundation of Malaysia, Tan Chor Seong ensures the smooth management of the dialysis centres through regular maintenance of dialysis machines and visits to the centres. The dialysis centres runs with a nursing sister or staff nurse in charge. They report to the Dialysis Manager on the administrative running of the centres, such as breakdown of machines and adequate staffing levels to meet the needs of patients. With the recent Healthcare Act 2006 and the various licensing provisions, submission of these and other related matters have to be complied with to the Ministry of Health. To maintain the high standards in dialysis care, NKF has to constantly ensure the high quality of reverse osmosis water used in the dialysis process is maintained and monitored regularly. With over 400 (as at December 2012) machines located at the various centres, they have to be well-maintained and for those which reach the end of their life-cycle, replaced with new ones. To ensure regular updating of information for the benefit of medical assistants, staff nurses and dialysis assistants, the Dialysis Manager plays an active role in organizing together with Welfare and Public Education, the Patients Forum and Annual Dialysis Meeting.
OPENING OF NKF DIALYSIS CENTRE, KUANTAN The National Kidney Foundation of Malaysia (NKF), in its efforts to help poor dialysis patients, opened its 21st dialysis centre, Pusat Dialisis Tun Abdul Razak – NKF Kuantan in Kuantan, Pahang on 20th August 2008. The dialysis centre was officially opened by Yang Amat Berbahagia Tun Hajjah Rahah bte Tan Sri Mohd Noah, the wife of the 2nd Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Abdul Razak bin Haji Dato’ Hussein Al-Haj, is the first NKF dialysis centre in the state of Pahang. Indeed, this is another milestone for NKF, said Dato Dr Zaki Morad bin Mohd Zaher, Chairman, NKF and he thanked the committee members of ‘Light Up Your Life, Kamahl Charity Concert’ under the able Chairmanship of Dato Dr George Ananda, who through their efforts and hard work raised the necessary funds to make the project a reality. “The National Kidney Foundation is fortunate to have such caring organisations support our efforts to provide affordable dialysis for those poor and needy patients in less economically developed states such as Pahang,” said Dato Zaki. Today the most economically developed west coast states of Peninsular Malaysia registered the highest provision of new dialysis treatment, at more than 100 per million per state population since 2000, while the 3 economically least developed states of Malaysia, Pahang, Kelantan and Sabah have the lowest dialysis provision at 32 to 50 million state population. Thus, the geographic inequity in dialysis provision needs to be addressed by planning more dialysis centres offering affordable dialysis treatment in states such as Sarawak and Pahang.
OFFICIAL OPENING OF FO YI – NKF DIALYSIS CENTRE (Unit 2) It was indeed a day of festivity at the official opening ceremony of Fo Yi – NKF Dialysis Centre (Unit 2) at 29, Jalan Hamilton, Penang, on 20th April 2007. The event was even more memorable for the dialysis patients and members of the public as YB Datuk Lee Kah Choon, Parliamentary Health Secretary represented YB Tan Sri Dr. Koh Tsu Khoon, Chief Minister of Penang in officiating the opening ceremony. In his speech, YB Datuk Lee Kah Choon addressed the large crowd and thanked the Fo Yi Committee for so promptly responding to the needs of the community and he pointed out that the official opening also coincided with the 10th Anniversary of the founding of Penang Fo Yi Haemodialysis Society. The government was also working hard to improve the lives of dialysis patients by encouraging organ donations, not only of the kidneys but all parts of the body. In 1st July 2002, the National Kidney Foundation of Malaysia, as a leading NGO with its vast expertise and experience in the management of dialysis centres was invited to professionally manage the daily operations of the centre. This successful partnership continues till today and NKF will continue to provide quality dialysis care.
OPENING OF CHE LUAN KHOR – NKF DIALYSIS CENTRE The newly developed centres for 2006 included Che Luan Khor – NKF Dialysis Centre in Kluang, Apex – NKF Dialysis Centre in Klang and Pusat Dialisis Amal – NKF in Kota Bahru. In view of NKF’s vast experience in the area of dialysis management, there has been tremendous interest by various organisations to partner NKF in the setting up of dialysis centres. The Head of Projects, Mr. Na Lai Chun will undertake the development and re-development of NKF’s dialysis centres in Malaysia as well as conducting feasibility studies for those interested in setting up new centres. It is estimated the cost of setting up new dialysis centre could reach up to RM 1,000,000. In view of this, NKF has worked towards developing and setting new centres in partnership with other organizations. One of the initiatives in setting up new dialysis centres is to focus on rural areas, where the poor patients with kidney failure have access to dialysis and not resorting to traditional treatment as a cure for end stage renal failure. This also ensures even distribution of dialysis centres both in towns and rural areas.
OUR LATEST CENTRES (2012 – 2013)
PUSAT DIALISIS NKF – YAYASAN DIALISIS PERTUBUHAN PENDIDIKAN AKHLAK, TAIPING
The Moral Uplifting Society Taiping and National Kidney Foundation of Malaysia established a joint-venture dialysis centre in Taiping and started its operation on 16th September 2000 with 14 dialysis machines situated at Jalan Berhala, Taiping.
After more than 10 years of providing dialysis service, the dialysis patients have increased and running at full capacity with many patients on the waiting-list.
In 2011, the Committee of Moral Uplifting Society bought a 3 storey building at Kampung Boyan located within the Taiping township to relocate the dialysis centre to cater to the growing number of end stage renal failure patients in Taiping.
Renovation work started in February 2012 to renovate 2 shop lots with 22 dialysis machines and the 3rd shop lot for future expansion.
The Operational Licence from the Ministry of Health was approved on 26th July 2012 and “Pusat Dialisis NKF – Yayasan Dialisis Pertubuhan Pendidikan Akhlak Taiping” became the 25th NKF Dialysis Centre to be licensed.
PUSAT DIALISIS NKF – YAYASAN SULTANAH BAHIYAH, KULIM
The Sultanah Bahiyah Foundation was founded in 1997 under the patronage of the Sultan and Sultanah of Kedah. The Haemodialysis Services of the Foundation is headed by YTM Tunku Panglima Besar, Dato’ Seri Tunku Puteri Intan Safinaz and Dr Cheng Joo An as the co-ordinator for the dialysis health services.
The 27th NKF dialysis centre to be licensed is “Pusat Dialisis NKF – Yayasan Sultanah Bahiyah” and the centre started its operation on 2nd February 2013.
The dialysis centre is located at Lot 112 – 113, Taman Kulim Avenue, Kulim Hi Tech Park, 09000 Kulim, with the Kulim Hospital about ¼ km from the centre.
Pusat Rawatan Haemodialisis Sang Riang, Triang, established in 2007, started off from being just an old folks home called “Rumah Kebajikan Warga Emas Sang Riang”. As some of the members of the old folk’s home were suffering from kidney disease, they decided to set-up their own dialysis centre within the compound of the old folk’s home. Pusat Rawatan Haemodialisis Sang Riang, was established by 3 ladies and the name came about because 3 ladies in Mandarin is “Sang Riang”.
On 1 August 2013, National Kidney Foundation of Malaysia (NKF) took over the management of Pusat Rawatan Haemodialisis Sang Riang, Triang. Following an agreement to the takeover, the Ministry of Health allowed to change the status of the centre from a privately run organization to that run by an NGO. The centre is now called “Pusat Dialisis NKF – Sang Riang, Triang”.
To-date, the centre serves 40 poor patients from the district of Bera, Triang, Temerloh and towns nearby. It has a visiting nephrologist, Dr. Rafidah Binti Abdullah, from the Temerloh Hospital, who reviews the cases of patients once every 3 three months.
For the day-to-day operations of the centre, in accordance to the Standard Operating Procedures of NKF, there is the staff nurse-in-charge, Puan Azian Binti Abdul Rahman, who is assisted by 4 staff nurses and 4 dialysis assistants.