By: Zaki Salleh
Each district in Perak will be provided with a dialysis centre to provide treatment to the asnaf (hardcore poor) group assisted by the Perak State Islamic Religious Council (MAIPk).
It involves a cost of between RM2 million to RM2.5 million for each dialysis centre to accommodate 132 patients.
This initiative will be carried out through the collaboration signed between Ar-Ridzuan Hospital and Nephrocare Management Sdn Bhd (NMSB) today.
A memorandum of agreement was signed between the Chairman of Ar-Ridzuan Hospital, YDH Toh Tan Dewa Sakti Zulkifly Dato’ Zakaria while NMSB was represented by the Chief Executive Officer, Dato’ Suib Ahmad.
The signing of this memorandum was witnessed by the Chairman of MAIPk, Tan Sri Mohd. Annuar Zaini and NMSB Group Chairman, Senator Tan Sri Datuk Dr Mohamed Haniffa Abdullah
NMSB was selected as a strategic partner based on its experience in operating dialysis centres with several government agencies.
Ar-Ridzuan Hospital currently has two dialysis centres in Ipoh and Manjung.
Meanwhile, the General Manager of Ar-Ridzuan Hospital, Dahari Masud said, this agreement is one of the high-impact initiatives for dialysis patients to get a conducive and comfortable place for treatment.
According to him, the provision of this centre ensures the sustainability of funds and does not create competition among dialysis operators in the state of Perak.
“This strategic collaboration anticipates the opening of at least one dialysis centre in each district to accommodate treatment needs.
“It coincides with the increase in patients who need treatment, especially those funded by the Perak State Islamic Religious Council (MAIPk),” he said while speaking at the event.
Every year MAIPk allocates as much as RM24 million to the asnaf group to finance various health treatments including dialysis.
This initiative can indirectly help ease the burden of recipients of dialysis facilities, the majority of whom are in the B40 group.