Makna sets up halfway house in Johor Baru for cancer patients

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KUALA LUMPUR: Makna launched a new Halfway House (Rumah Perantaraan Makna Johor) in Taman Austin Perdana Johor Baru.
The house, the first of nine that Makna planned to open in the peninsular and East Malaysia, provides temporary accommodation to cancer patients seeking treatment at Hospital Sultan Ismail (HSI) or Hospital Sultanah Aminah (HSA).
This service was started in 2008 in Johor Baru where Makna opened its first halfway house in collaboration with HSI, with the objective of providing accommodation to patients, especially those undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy, to avoid having to travel back and forth between the hospitals and their homes for the duration of their treatment.
Many of these patients are unable to afford the expenses incurred by the travels while some may not be physically fit to undertake the journey repeatedly.
As a result, patients are prone to discontinue or abandon their treatment before completion, thus jeopardising their chances of recovery.

By providing short-term, free-of-charge accommodation for patients and their caregivers, Makna hopes to ease their burden and to help patients continue their treatments without interruption.
The first halfway house accommodated 89 patients since it opened its doors in 2008 until 2015. The launch of the house in Taman Austin Perdana marks the beginning of a new generation of Halfway Houses by Makna where not just accommodation but also a better, more condusive and relaxing atmosphere is provided to ensure patients feel at home and are comfortable during their stay.

In a project that is expected to span two years, Makna plans to launch a total of nine new generation Halfway Houses.
These houses will be located near government hospitals that provide radiotherapy and chemotherapy services, with emphasis on providing a more homely atmosphere for patients.
The launch was officiated by Head of Social Welfare Department of HSI Norlija Kassim, accompanied by deputy general manager of Makna Vemanna Appannah.

“The Halfway House is one of the many services Makna provides for patients who are in need of aid as they undergo treatment to battle cancer.
“Through our interaction with patients we have found that one of the major obstacles they face when seeking treatment was having to travel the distance between their homes and the hospitals, which could be both physically and financially draining, especially for treatment such as radiotherapy that requires repeated, frequent visits.
“Having such a facility would help ease patients’ burden,” said Vemanna.
“We hope this would encourage patients to continue with their treatments, especially those from remote areas who would have to travel long distances from their homes to the hospitals,” he added.

The Halfway House in Taman Austin Perdana comes with four fully furnished bedrooms and a living room in addition to a kitchen with basic items. Simple breakfast is provided for free by Makna.
The house is located 10 minutes away from HSI and 30 minutes from HSA – near enough to the hospitals to enable patients to receive quick medical attention in the event of an emergency.
Makna also provides transport for patients to and from the hospitals for the entire duration of their stay.
Much thought has been put into the interior of the house as well.

“We want patients to feel at home. Most importantly, we hope to provide a healthy, calming and supportive environment for patients as they undergo treatment,” said Vemanna.

The Halfway House in Taman Austin Perdana is the first of nine that Makna plans to launch nationwide, including in East Malaysia, as a move to expand on this much needed service and to better serve cancer patients.

Lapan Rumah Perantaraan Makna Bakal Dibuka Di Seluruh Negara Tahun Ini

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JOHOR BAHARU, 17 Mac (Bernama) — Majlis Kanser Nasional (Makna) merancang untuk membuka lapan lagi Rumah Perantaraan MAKNA di seluruh negara, tahun ini.

Timbalan Pengurus Besar Makna, V. Appannah berkata pembukaan baharu itu termasuk tiga yang dirancang masing-masing di Bertam, Pulau Pinang; Kubang Krian, Kelantan dan Kuching, Sarawak.

Katanya, Makna buat masa ini hanya mempunyai sebuah rumah perantaraan iaitu di Taman Austin Perdana, Johor Baharu yang berupaya menampung sembilan pesakit kanser dalam setiap bilik pada satu masa.

“Pesakit yang menginap di rumah ini terdiri daripada mereka yang membuat rawatan di Hospital Sultanah Aminah (HSA) dan Hospital Sultan Ismail (HSI) yang memerlukan tempat penginapan yang selesa seperti berada di rumah.

Turut disediakan, pengangkutan secara percuma bagi memudahkan mereka bergerak sama ada ke hospital atau mana-mana tempat rawatan.

Selain itu, setiap rumah juga ditempatkan seorang jururawat terlatih dan pembantu kesihatan bagi memantau dan memberi bantuan kepada pesakit,” katanya pemberita selepas merasmikan pembukaan Rumah Perantaraan Makna, di sini hari ini.

Dari segi kos, Appanah berkata, penyediaan rumah perantaraan menelan kos lebih RM45,000 bagi penyediaan reka bentuk dan kemudahan yang bersesuaian untuk pesakit kanser.

Katanya, ia dikhususkan kepada pesakit kanser yang kurang berkemampuan dan tinggal jauh daripada hospital kerajaan supaya mereka dapat menguruskan diri ketika mendapatkan rawatan kimoterapi dan radioterapi.

Ini sekali gus dapat membantu memulihkan semangat pesakit kanser selain menggalakkan mereka untuk tidak mudah mengalah dan sering berikhtiar untuk pulih dari penyakit berkenaan, tambahnya.

Lapan lagi rumah perantaraan Makna bakal dibuka tahun ini

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JOHOR BAHARU 17 Mac – Majlis Kanser Nasional (Makna) merancang untuk membuka lapan lagi Rumah Perantaraan Makna di seluruh negara, tahun ini.

Timbalan Pengurus Besar Makna, V. Appannah berkata, pembukaan baharu itu termasuk tiga yang dirancang masing-masing di Bertam, Pulau Pinang; Kubang Krian, Kelantan dan Kuching, Sarawak.

Katanya, Makna buat masa ini hanya mempunyai sebuah rumah perantaraan iaitu di Taman Austin Perdana, Johor Baharu yang berupaya menampung sembilan pesakit kanser dalam setiap bilik pada satu masa.

“Pesakit yang menginap di rumah ini terdiri daripada mereka yang membuat rawatan di Hospital Sultanah Aminah (HSA) dan Hospital Sultan Ismail (HSI) yang memerlukan tempat penginapan yang selesa seperti berada di rumah.

Turut disediakan, pengangkutan secara percuma bagi memudahkan mereka bergerak sama ada ke hospital atau mana-mana tempat rawatan.
Selain itu, setiap rumah juga ditempatkan seorang jururawat terlatih dan pembantu kesihatan bagi memantau dan memberi bantuan kepada pesakit,” katanya pemberita selepas merasmikan pembukaan Rumah Perantaraan Makna, di sini hari ini.
Dari segi kos, Appanah berkata, penyediaan rumah perantaraan menelan kos lebih RM45,000 bagi penyediaan reka bentuk dan kemudahan yang bersesuaian untuk pesakit kanser.
Katanya, ia dikhususkan kepada pesakit kanser yang kurang berkemampuan dan tinggal jauh daripada hospital kerajaan supaya mereka dapat menguruskan diri ketika mendapatkan rawatan kimoterapi dan radioterapi.
Ini sekali gus dapat membantu memulihkan semangat pesakit kanser selain menggalakkan mereka untuk tidak mudah mengalah dan sering berikhtiar untuk pulih dari penyakit berkenaan, tambahnya.- BERNAMA

More travel deals within Malaysia snapped up


THE unmistakable circular, brightly-coloured icons caught the eyes of children and adults alike as they walked past the Angry Birds Activity Park booth at the MATTA Fair.

Siblings Muhammad Aliuddin Akmal Mohd Nazrol, 12, and Nur Wani Syahirah Mohd Nazrol, 11, were among those seen stopping for a photo opportunity with the giant Angry Birds plushies.

Their father Mohd Nazrol Kamrudin, 39, said the family made the trip to MATTA Fair to shop for deals for local destinations, particularly those featuring theme parks.

“My children love theme parks. We’ve also bought passes to Kidzania and Berjaya Times Square Theme Park in Kuala Lumpur.

“Besides the Angry Birds Activity Park, we are planning to look for passes to other theme parks in Johor as those are nearer to us,” said the civil servant who lives in Kempas, Johor.

Abdullah Rahim Saun, who planned to travel to Terengganu, said the current economic situation in Malaysia had influenced his family’s travel plans.

PWTC’s halls were packed to the brim throughout the three-day fair, which is estimated to have recorded a 120,000-strong crowd. — Photos: RAJA FAISAL HISHAN/The Star PWTC’s halls were packed to the brim throughout the three-day fair, which is estimated to have recorded a 120,000-strong crowd. — Photos: RAJA FAISAL HISHAN/The Star

“Things such as GST are in the back of my mind,” he said.

A group of students shared similar sentiments, with Serene Liew saying she and her friends would only visiting only Penang this year.

Khairul Amizan Abdul Rahman from Bangi said his travelling plans were influenced by the current economic situation.

“Package prices play an important role when I plan for trips. The cheaper the package, the better it is for us consumers,” he said.

Besides price, safety is a priority for Iris Woon Lee Lee and Pamela Lee Peng Peng.

Lee said, “Despite the increased costs and safety concerns, I still believe in travelling.

“Life is too short. We just have to enjoy travelling no matter the offer — time away from work and a getaway with friends.”


Many visitors were seen shopping for various packages and deals. Many visitors were seen shopping for various packages and deals.
Woon also brought up how Malaysia’s currency strength influenced her destination choices.
On umrah packages, Faisal Kassim observed that there were fewer visitors at the fair’s umrah hall this year.

“It may be caused by the current economic situation in our country.

“I brought only my parents to survey package prices. We don’t intend to buy or sign up for anything today,” said the Petaling Jaya resident.

Hazali Shamsudin, who purchased a package in the umrah hall, said his family would be visiting Mecca only this time because of time constraints.

MATTA president Datuk Hamzah Rahmat was optimistic that the three-day fair which ended on Sunday would attract a 120,000-strong crowd, which is the highest number of visitors ever.

“Considering the current challenging economic situation, 120,000 visitors is a very good figure as our target was set at 90,000,” he said, adding that the previous record was 110,000 visitors in 2003.


(From left) Ain Nur Arasyie Mohd Sabri, Uzzy Zafriena Zafria, Racheal Divya Joseph and Sit Maisarah Mohd Zamree promoting various Langkawi attractions at the Bin Ali Holidays booth. (Left) (From left) Ain Nur Arasyie Mohd Sabri, Uzzy Zafriena Zafria, Racheal Divya Joseph and Sit Maisarah Mohd Zamree promoting various Langkawi attractions at the Bin Ali Holidays booth.

Hamzah attributed the high visitor count to the aggressive promotion of domestic tourism as well as marketing tactics by destination partners such as Japan and Indonesia.

“We started encouraging Malaysians to travel domestically since last year due to the global uncertainties.

“We now have dedicated halls for domestic tourism, with one hall just for Malaysian destinations and another for both Malaysian and Asean destinations. It is also more organised in terms of traffic flow.

“We picked one state to profile at the more recent editions of MATTA Fair. We are highlighting Johor this round, and this serves as an opportunity for the state to sell its travel and tourism products,” he said.

Hamzah said another element that was fairly new to the fair was the umrah hall, which served as a dedicated venue for those wanting to make enquiries about umrah packages.

“The umrah hall is a permanent feature since the September 2015 fair. This section was started to provide peace of mind to travellers, as the deals are offered by licensed travel agents.


Angry Bird booth promoters explaining the packages available at the park to (from right) Nur Wani Syahirah, Nureen Adveanna and Muhammad Aliuddin Akmal. Angry Bird booth promoters explaining the packages available at the park to (from right) Nur Wani Syahirah, Nureen Adveanna and Muhammad Aliuddin Akmal.

“These agents are members of MATTA and have to abide by a certain code of ethics, as we don’t want the MATTA brand to be tarnished,” he said.

“We also support the efforts of the government and non-governmental organisations by providing some space for them to highlight what they do.

“These include a blood donation campaign by the National Blood Bank and awareness campaigns for the National Cancer Council and Traffic wildlife trade monitoring network.”

Hamzah said the three-day fair was estimated to see RM150mil in sales, with some 40% of visitors shopping for domestic tourism deals.

The 41st edition of the MATTA Fair featured a total of 1,214 booths occupying a 27,400sq m of exhibition space.

The event included activities such as cultural shows, blogger sharing sessions and career talk by MATTA Academy, as well as contests for buyers offering air tickets, hotel stays and theme park passes as prizes.

Malang bertimpa pesakit kanser hidung

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PASIR MAS – Bagaikan sudah jatuh ditimpa tangga. Itulah nasib ditanggung seorang pesakit barah hidung apabila dirinya tidak mampu lagi bekerja berikutan penyakit yang dihidapi sejak beberapa tahun lalu.
Zakaria Salleh, 62, yang sebelum ini adalah seorang tukang rumah di Kampung Bakong berkata, keadaan berkenaan memaksa anak dan isterinya bekerja sebagai pembantu juru masak di kantin sebuah sekolah untuk terus menyara kehidupan mereka sekeluarga.
Akibat penyakit tersebut, dia mengalami alahan teruk terutama jika berada di kawasan pembinaan.

“Saya dah hampir putus asa disebabkan penyakit ni. Tapi, bila fikirkan kecekalan anak-anak dan isteri, saya berasa sedikit tenang,” katanya, selepas menerima lawatan Pegawai Kerja Sosial Perubatan Jabatan Kerja Sosial Perubatan Hospital Raja Perempuan Zainab II, Rosnani Ab Manaf, semalam.

Beliau turut menyerahkan Surat Bantuan Kelulusan Bantuan Pesakit Kanser daripada Majlis Kanser Nasional (Makna).
Beliau berkata, Zakaria akan menerima bantuan sebanyak RM250 selama enam bulan, sebagai bantuan kos rawatan penyakit tersebut.
Sementara itu, Pegawai Jasa Meranti, Ahmad Anuar Husin berkata, bantuan ini menunjukkan keprihatinan kerajaan membantu rakyat dalam kesulitan.

“Kami harap Zakaria dan keluarga tidak berputus asa untuk sembuh daripada penyakit tersebut,” katanya.