Kidney patient deprived of dialysis treatment by MCO dies

Kidney patient deprived of dialysis treatment by MCO dies

MIRI: The Miri Red Crescent Dialysis Centre (MRCDC) regrets the death of one of its kidney  patients who was unable to turn up for her scheduled kidney dialysis at the centre because of transport difficulty due to the movement control order (MCO).

According to her husband, he was not able to bring her to MRCDC for her regular dialysis in the city because of MCO travel restriction.

Miri Red Crescent chairman Datuk Lee Kim Shin, who is also Minister of Transport and Senadin assemblyman, said: “MRCDC regrets that a precious life has been lost due to this unfortunate situation, and has made a police report on the unfortunate demise of the patient,”

The centre urged all the families of patients, corporation and relevant parties to work together to facilitate critical dialysis treatment for kidney patients. They can contact the centre at 085-436862 to get assistance if they encounter any difficulties and issues.

“All kidney patients must strictly follow their treatment schedules and the health guidelines issued by the ministry during this pandemic,” he added.

Despite the difficulties faced during this pandemic period, this centre continues to operate to provide dialysis for its patients.

As of April 10, the centre has 339 kidney dialysis patients who had been advised to turn up every alternate day for their life-saving treatment at the centre which had been providing affordable dialysis treatment for End-Stage Renal Failure patients for the past 24 years.

Lee, who is also Miri Division Disaster Management Committee chairman said  Dialysis centres like MRCDC are allowed to operate under MCO as they provide an essential service.

Dialysis centres also issue letters of identification to all its staff and patients to allow them to pass through police roadblocks.

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