JOHOR BARU: The Rotary Club of Johor Baru (RCJB) is establishing its second Haemodialysis centre for needy patients, which is slated to be operational early next year. Newly-installed RCJB president, Teoh Cheng Siang said the club recently obtained approval from the Health Ministry to set up the new Haemodialysis centre in Bandar Seri Alam near here. He said the development of the new centre will cost RM1.7 million, inclusive of the purchase of the new four-storey shop lot. “It is expected to be opened in early 2019. RCJB was the first non-governmental organisation in the district which started a haemodialysis centre,” said Teoh, adding that the effort has inspired other Rotary Clubs and NGOs to follow suit.
Datuk Teo Shiok Fu (second from left) with other Rotarian members in a programme with underprivileged children at an orphanage in Johor Baru. Pic by NSTP/ VINCENT D’SILVA
RCJB started their first Haemodialysis Centre in 1991. Teoh, who was installed as the RCJB’s 67th president recently said that the club has big plans to engage with orphans in outings and to improve facilities in old folks home and schools, among many other things. “We hope to create awareness in the community for these projects so the community at large will support and take part in the projects. “We are bringing our charity work oversease. We will hold a dental camp that will be held in rural Cambodia in November,” he said when met at the installation ceremony which was launched by Tunku Temenggong Johor Tunku Idris Sultan Ibrahim.
Datuk Teo Shiok Fu (left) handing some goodies to a dialysis patient at the Rotary Haemodialysis Centre in Johor Baru. Pic by NSTP/ VINCENT D’SILVA.
Meanwhile, RCJB’s immediate past president Datuk Teo Shiok Fu said said the club accomplished 14 social projects in the past year. He said a notable project was a medical mission that provided cleft-plate surgery for poor children in the Philippines. “Two other projects which were dear to my heart were the raising of RM551,000 for our Rotary Haemodialysis Centre and Palliative Care Association of Johor Baru,” said Teo. Chartered in 1952, RCJB is the oldest and largest Rotary Club in Johor . © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd