KUALA LUMPUR, Jun 14 – One year ago, a mysterious disease afflicted goods delivery worker Dona Marita Amir Nain, debilitating him. Unable to move, he had to leave his job and could no longer support his family. He said in the beginning it was stiffness in my feet; the condition gradually deteriorated and now both my hands, from the wrist down to my toes can no longer function.
He told this to reporters when met at his residence at Batu Caves here. Dona Marita, 32, said the hospital initially diagnosed his condition as ‘gout’, “but till now the hospital has not been able to identify it”. According to the father of two, he had tried various alternative treatment to no avail. He said his wife Siti Salbiah Mustoki, 28, who worked as an assistant at a private dental clinic here was forced to assume the role of household head.
But thanks to the Social Security Organisation (Perkeso), he said, his family’s burden had been greatly eased. Meanwhile, Perkeso managing director (Benefit Management Operation Division), Ismail Abi Hashim said RM5,000 in the form of a wheelchair and an adjustable bed had been presented to Dona Marita, aside from the disposable adult diapers for life.
Perkeso has also offered to help Dona Marita undergo rehabiitation at its rehabilitation centre in Melaka. Ismail said Dona Marita is also getting a disability pension payment of RM975 and Constant Attendance Allowance of RM500 monthly which hopefully could cover the expenses for his medical treatment and care. — Bernama