SINGAPORE: Kembangan-Chai Chee Constituency has made a donation of S$12,600 to National Kidney Foundation's (NKF) Artificial Kidney Giver Programme.
The amount can help cover the cost of providing artificial kidneys for one year to 35 needy dialysis patients living in the Kembangan-Chai Chee constitutency.
It is the first grassroots organisation to donate to the programme.
Currently, the 35 patients pay a subsidised fee of S$200 or less a month for treatment.
The full cost of treatment is about S$2,000 a month, and the donation will help to offset the amount the NKF puts in as subsidies.
The 35 patients will still pay the same amount.
Kembangan-Chai Chee Grassroots Adviser and Acting Minister Tan Chuan-Jin said: "We... met up with NKF and as I talked to them, I realised that actually they do need quite a lot of support. So what we thought would be meaningful is how best we can help our residents undergoing dialysis; how best to provide some level of support.
“We thought that sponsoring their artificial kidneys would be a meaningful way to do it because for some, it may drag on for many, many years. So I guess… in our own small way, (we are) reaching out to help them."
The donation would support the 35 patients for a year but Mr Tan has said that the constituency may continue this for more years to come. - CNA/gn
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