Council support for St John dialysis centre
Writer: Cindi Loo
Published: Fri, 29 Jun 2012
SUBANG JAYA: The Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) will write a support letter to the health ministry on behalf of St John Ambulance Malaysia (SJAM) which has been denied approval to open its haemodialysis centre in Serdang Raya 7, in Seri Kembangan.
Council president Datuk Asmawi Kasbi said SJAM needed the support (letter) and he would seek the assistance of the council’s technical department before writing the letter as soon as possible.
The fully-equipped dialysis centre, which had been set up in an MPSJ hall, had been in limbo for nearly a year for not meeting new regulations under the Private Health Care Facilities and Services Act 2008.
“We understand that the machines are already stationed in the dialysis centre, but the health ministry has not processed the application because according to them, there’s no expert in handling these machines. So hopefully the support letter will speed things up,” said Asmawi.
He was responding to councillor Ng Sze Han’s enquiry at the full board meeting on the delay in writing a support letter to ensure a smoother process for SJAM in obtaining a permit.
“The dialysis centre has not been able to operate due to technical difficulties and we believe that MPSJ can quicken the pace,” he said.