Penang Fo Yi Haemodialysis Society has planned to build an integrated Medical Centre costing about 5 million Ringgit in the south-westerndistrict of Penang Island for the benefits of those poor patients.
To fullfil the said purpose, the Society had bought a piece of land in Batang ,in the south-western district of Penang for the construction of a five-storey integrated medical centre.
The Chairman of Penang Fo Yi Haemodialysis Society, Mr Ooi Beng Soon, disclosed that the Society had bought a piece of land measured approximately 22,000 sq ft, however, it required the fund of RM5 million for its physical construction of the medical centre.
Mr Ooi said: "The planned five-storey integrated medical centre is the Society 3rd Dialaysis Centre and it would house treatment clinics for Dialysis centre, Stroke-patients, and end-period patients.Hopefully, the centre can be built and completed within the next 5 years."
He further explained the ground floor said Integrated Medical Centre upon completion of its construction would be used as a Free Medical Clinic for the poor and the upper floors would be used for paid Service Medical centres.
The above planned Integrated Medical Centre was announced in the press conference by Mr Ooi today when he accompanied its
Executive Adviser, Mr Mah Nai Hock, the Secretary, Mr. Teh Soon Seng, Gerakan BN Jelutong Liaisoner, Mr Ng Fook On,
Gerakan BN Batu Lancang, Ms Michelle Yeoh Hui Hoon to the Dialysis Centre for the gifting of Moon Cakes to the kidney patients.
Mr Ooi reiterated that only those really poor and needy patients are for free medical treatments and for other patients they would be required to pay within their fianancial capabilities. The fees collected would be absorbed as part of the operating expenses of the Centre.
Mr Ooi further pointed out that the application procedure for the conversion and transfer of the purchased land were in progress. There are 109 kidney patients presently with 61 patients in Centre No.1 and 48 patients in Centre No.2 respectively and the total monthly operating expenses were about RM50,000.00 The cost of dialysis treatment per patient is RM100 and with the subsidiary from the Health Authority of RM50-00 and the contribution of RM30-00 from the Society, the patients at the two centres are required to pay RM20-00 for each treatment.
GIFTS OF MOON CAKES FOR KIDNEY PATIENTS
In conjunction with the Mid-Autumn Festival or Moon Cakes Festival, Mr Ng Fook On, and Michelle Yeoh together with some other philanthropists jointly contributed the sum of RM3,336-00 for the purchases of moon cakes for the kidney patients, nursing staff and admininstrative staff of the two centres. Mr Ng, the spokeman of the group, said that with the plan by Penang Fo Yi Haemodialysis Society to set up an integrated medical centre in south-western part of Penang, more kidney patients would be taken in for the benefits of the poor.
He urged more NGO would actively promote the charitable activities for those unfortunates. Additionally, he hoped the Government would render assistance and co-operation continuously to these NGOs.
Mr. Yeoh urged the public to support Fo Yi by contributing the required fund for the set-up of the proposed integrated Medical Centre.
For those who wish to donate or contribute or sponsor the monthly operating expenses and the building fund of the integrated medical centre, they can contact Fo Yi by phone No: 04 - 2825637 and 04 - 2825525.