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Society setting up dialysis centre, other services at 7th Mile
Tarikh : 08 Oct 2021  Sumber Berita: Borneo Post Online
 

 

KUCHING: A dialysis centre – a collaboration between charitable organisation Divine Will Society and Lions Club of Kuching Oriental – will be operational at 7th Mile here once the Covid-19 pandemic subsides.

Located at Kota Sentosa Commercial Centre, it will house about 12 haemodialysis machines and two nurses will be employed to look after the patients.

“Our dialysis service is not for-profit and we hope our initiative will be able to create a long-lasting impact for the community, especially with the rising number of kidney patients every year,” the society’s chairman Anthony Bong said when met at the venue yesterday.

He pointed out that kidney patients not registered with Social Security Organisation (Socso) were now able to receive financial assistance for their dialysis sessions via the state Ministry of Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development.

“Moreover, we will have a monthly fund of about RM2,000 to offer free dialysis sessions to patients from poor backgrounds but not eligible under the Socso programme.

“We believe that nobody, even if they are poor, should be left out of dialysis treatments, and I hope more and more people who fell through the cracks of our social welfare system will benefit from the services we offer,” said Bong.

Meanwhile, Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah described the initiative by Divine Will Society, supported by the Lions Club of Kuching Oriental, as exemplary in contributing to look after the welfare of the community.

“We have people from professional backgrounds, including lawyers and property developers, coming together for a common cause of rendering social assistance to the community,” she told reporters after visiting the venue yesterday.

Apart from the dialysis centre, Fatimah revealed that Divine Will Society and Lions Club of Kuching Oriental will also be setting up a temporary home shelter for victims of natural disasters, a cafe, a day care centre for senior citizens and Alzheimer patients, a youth development centre and a therapeutic garden in the area.

“As for setting up a shelter for domestic violence victims, there are criteria that need to be fulfilled to secure the premises and ensure the safety of the residents from potential perpetrators,” said Fatimah.

She said her ministry will be providing a checklist to enable the day care centres to be registered with the authorities, with the operator complying with the requirements of the Fire and Safety Department (Bomba), as well as that of the state social welfare and health department.

“With both a day care centre for senior citizens and a nearby cafe where young people could volunteer to prepare food for kidney patients and old folks, I believe this will promote intergenerational interaction for the betterment of the community,” she added.

The concept of the cafe, according to Bong, was to encourage the younger generation to give back to the society and non-governmental organisations (NGO) will be engaged weekly to organise free food aid distribution to the B40 group.

Meanwhile, Fatimah commended Divine Will Society and Lions Club of Kuching Oriental for their commitment and contribution towards the social support system as Sarawak embarked on its journey to become an advanced state.

She also thanked the society’s trustee Dato Sim Kiang Chiok and his family for donating three corner shop lot units at Kota Sentosa Commercial Centre for the initiatives.

“Our family donated three units of three-storey shop lots at Kota Sentosa sometime in March 2019. Our family’s intention is to support Divine Will Society to further their good charity work, such as providing social care for the elderly,” said Sim.

He added that the donation was in line with the wishes of his mother Datin Clare to continue the charity work of his late father Dato Sim Swee Yong.

Divine Will Society is a community-focused nonprofit organisation formally established in June 2015 and actively involved in rural healthcare and village improvement projects.

The society has provided free medical and dental care in the interior of Sarawak via medical outreach camps with their mobile medical clinic truck.

Also present at yesterday’s event were Padawan Municipal Council chairman Lo Khere Chiang, councillor Wilfred Yap and Lions Club of Kuching Oriental president Annie Ho.

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