Free Cataract Surgeries for 20 Underprivileged Elderly Patients at KPJ Centre for Sight located at KPJ Ambulatory Care Centre in Bandar Kinrara
KUALA LUMPUR, 14 October: KPJ Healthcare Berhad (“KPJ Healthcare” or the “Company”) Malaysia’s largest provider of private healthcare services today announced its collaboration with Rotary International District 3300 to drive awareness on eye-care and eye-health, in addition to offering solution to those suffering from preventable blindness or vision problems due to Cataract.
The collaboration between the two sides of which KPJ Healthcare will provide the funding and medical aid for 20 surgeries to support Rotary District 3300 in their journey to address preventable blindness in the underprivileged.
“Our collaboration with Rotary District 3300 is in line with our efforts to partner with key stakeholders and create positive impact to the communities which we operate in and this strategy in turn would offer a solution to our partner’s quest and has an impact on the lives of the beneficiaries, almost immediately,” said Ariesza Noor, Chief Corporate Officer of KPJ Healthcare.
Speaking in conjunction with World Sight Day 2021, themed ‘LoveYourEyes’ Ariesza added, “We want to proactively empower patients to make the right decision by providing them with enough information so as to not delay treatments due to lack of awareness of the symptoms or even financial difficulties. I implore the public to reach out to us as we are able to assist them in safeguarding their sight to reduce the adverse impact of avoidable blindness.”
World Sight Day is intended to bring global attention to blindness and vision impairment. Statistics from the World Health Organisation (“WHO”) shows that the number of people across all age groups who are visually impaired is estimated to be 295 million, of whom 43 million are blind. Out of these, a huge 77% is completely preventable or treatable. This means that 33 million people are living with avoidable blindness and a further 260 million with avoidable visual impairment that is moderate-to-severe.
In Malaysia, approximately 1.2 per cent of the population experience blindness. Applying these rates to the total Malaysian population of 32.7 million, the estimated of 392,400 Malaysians are bilaterally blind.
According to Ariesza, for this collaboration to work, the Rotary District 3300 will be sourcing for eligible candidates via their extensive 1.2 million network for patients to undergo these eye procedures. While the surgeries will be conducted at the soon to be launched KPJ Ambulatory Care Centre (“KACC”) in Bandar Kinrara, which houses KPJ Centre For Sight’s fourth branch.
The KACC is a medical specialist outpatient centre attended by family medicine specialist, medical officers and sessional medical consultants from various specialities. It aims to be the focal point for integrated healthcare facilities to complement KPJ Healthcare’s 28-chain of hospitals in Malaysia and abroad.
KPJ Healthcare, through KPJ Centre For Sight has provided more than 350 free cataract surgeries to elderly patients since 2006.
The first of its kind in Malaysia, the KPJ Ambulatory Care Centre (“KACC) is a medical specialist outpatient centre attended by family medicine specialist, medical officers and sessional medical consultants from various specialities. It aims to be the focal point for integrated healthcare facilities to complement KPJ’s chain of hospitals in Malaysia and abroad. Ambulatory care is a new concept introduced by KPJ as an alternative to inpatient hospital settings with flexible scheduling options, calmer and more comfortable environments at much lower costs.
At our KACC located in Bandar Kinrara, patients are able to undergo specialised procedures without having to stay overnight and this also allows our physicians to design an environment that optimises their ability to provide a high-quality, patient-centred surgical experience. The KPJ ACC Kinrara is set to launch in November 2021. For more information: www.kpjkinrara.com
ABOUT KPJ CENTRE FOR SIGHT
KPJ Centre For Sight (“KPJCFS”) was founded in 2004 establishing itself as the first medical centre specialising in eye care in Rawang, Selangor. Now under the banner of KPJ Healthcare Berhad the centre has expanded with three branches located in Tawakkal Health Centre, Taman Megah and Rawang. It is set to have its fourth branch located at KPJ Ambulatory Care Centre in Bandar Kinrara by November 2021.
Currently there are eleven specialists and all the eye specialists in KPJCFS are trained abroad and have sub-specialities in various eye-related diseases and ophthalmological medical conditions. They come with vast experience in the field of ophthalmology having previously held senior consultant positions or functioned as head of departments at major hospitals and government institutions.
As a one stop centre, KPJCFS provides a comprehensive range of specialised eye surgery services including, among others Cornea, Vitreo-retinal surgery, Glaucoma, Cataract, Refractive surgery / LASIK, Oculoplastics and orbital surgery, Paediatric ophthalmology, and Dry Eye / E-Eye.