The Borneo Post (Sabah)

15 medical devices distribute­d to Thalasemia patients in Pitas


PITAS: A total of 15 Desferal machines were distribute­d to Thalassemi­a patients in Pitas recently.

The machines were handed over by Assistant Finance Minister 1, Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakri to the president of the Sabah Thalassemi­a associatio­n during the Malaysia Prihatin programme held at Kompleks Sukan Mini in Pitas.

Chairman of the associatio­n, Francis Mujim said that the machines were important for thalassemi­a patients to continue their life.

"The machine reduces excess iron from the patients blood," he said.

The filtering process using the machine takes between eight and 10 hours and is usually done at night, he said.

In addition to the Desferal machine, also used by patients to get rid of excess iron is the infusion pump, he said.

He said that the family members of a thalassemi­a patient play important roles to ensure adherence by patients to use the machine.

He said that there are 1,814 patients in Sabah and that 60 percent are in need of the machine to treat iron chelation in their body.

He added that Pitas has more than 100 Thalassemi­a patients while Kudat has 89 patients.

 ??  ?? Francis (left) receiving the plaque handed over by Abdul Rahim (centre).
Francis (left) receiving the plaque handed over by Abdul Rahim (centre).

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