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June 8, 2007

Melaka Hospital Needs To Expand Haemodialysis Centre

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MELAKA, June 7 (Bernama) — The Melaka Hospital needs to expand its haemodialysis centre and have more machines because many patients still rely on the centre for treatment, Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam says.
Speaking to reporters after the launch of a health programme at the hospital here Thursday, he said the hospital presently had 16 haemodialysis machines and would get another nine soon.
He hoped that the hospital could add more haemodialysis machines to 50 to cope with the number of patients requiring such treatment and realise the state government’s plan to make Melaka a centre for haemodialysis treatment.
“Private hospitals are not willing to provide treatment for RM10. So, the Melaka Hospital has to do it,” he said and added that the hospital could re-employ retired doctors, nurses and attendants to cope with the manpower shortage.
He said that there were 250 kidney patients in Melaka and most of them could not afford to pay for haemodialysis treatment.
Besides the Melaka Hospital, the Alor Gajah Hospital has four haemodialysis machines while the Jasin Hospital will open its haemodialysis centre next month.

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