KUCHING, Dec 29 – Angkatan Koperasi Kebangsaan Malaysia Berhad (Angkasa) targets to set up a chain of cooperative dialysis centres nationwide. Its president Datuk Abdul Fattah Abdullah said the plan was to establish at least one dialysis centre in each state.
“Angkasa had so far collaborated with three other cooperatives in opening a dialysis centre in Pahang, Kelantan and the latest in Sarawak, while the ones in Kedah and Johor were expected to operate soon. We hope more cooperatives in Sarawak and elsewhere in the country will participate in high-impact business activities like running dialysis centres, especially to provide the service for the rural community,” he said.
In this regard, he said, Angkasa had applied to the Health Ministry to relax the conditions in allowing the cooperative to be one of the entities running dialysis centres. He was speaking to reporters after visiting the MyAngkasa Dialysis Centre run by Koperasi Persatuan Kebangsaan Melayu Sarawak Berhad, here, Monday. The centre which started operating a few months ago at Klinik Wan Ali, Jalan Depo, is able to serve 24 kidney patients in three shifts with the four machines available.