KUCHING: The Association of Wives of State Ministers and Assistant Ministers (Sabati) donated one dialysis machine and one dialyser reprocessing machine to the Lawas Hospital to improve its capacity in treating patients with kidney disease.
On behalf of Sabati president Datuk Amar Juma’ani Tun Tuanku Bujang, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan’s wife Datuk Dayang Morliah Awang Daud officially handed over the two machines to Lawas Hospital.
“We look forward to knowing that many patients have been able to benefit from our donation,” read a statement from the association today.
“As our charitable organisation operates principally on funds received from generous donations from the public and private sectors, we welcome collaboration initiatives as part of corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities organised by the private sector.
“Today’s donation is made as a result of collaboration between Sabati and Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) who have made this donation possible,” said Sabati.
They welcomed similar collaboration with other corporate bodies through CSR programmes.
Sabati has been helping the sick and needy in Sarawak for over 30 years.
In the early days, Sabati focused on assisting young patients in need of urgent heart surgery to fly to Kuala Lumpur or Singapore with a parent or guardian as there were no paediatric heart surgeons in Sarawak at that time.
This effort by Sabati led to the establishment of the Sarawak Heart Foundation in 1996.
After this, Sabati continued to raise funds to donate specialised or updated equipment or additional units of medical equipment to the Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) in Kuching as well as to other hospitals in the state.