The Oncology Treatment Centre of the Sultan Ismail Hospital, Johor Bahru, will receive the gift of a brand new CT-simulator, thanks to a bequest by Sultan Ibrahim ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar, the Sultan of Johor.
The modern CT-simulator will cost RM3.6 million to purchase and install. The Sultan will sponsor the purchase of the machine, while the Health Ministry will bear the cost of installation.
The machine currently in use at the hospital was procured in 1998, and has been in active use since 2004. In recent years, the machine had become unreliable, having broken down many times.
The issue of the aging CT-simulator was brought to the attention of the Sultan by his consort, Raja Zarith Sofiah binti Almarhum Sultan Idris Shah, Permaisuri Johor.
The Permaisuri had been drawn to the plight of Yusnita, a 21-year old UTM student, who suffered a virulent form of cancer. Yusnita, from Pengerang, hails from a poor family.
She had undergone an operation to remove cancerous tumours, but was later told that some cancer cells still remained. Reluctant to undergo another operation, she opted instead for radiotherapy, but was told that the CT-simulator was down and had to be repaired, thus delaying her much needed radiotherapy by months.
“We know what it’s like to have a child who suffers from cancer, and we know the distress and anxiety other parents feel. We lost our son, we don’t want other parents to feel the same despair we went through, and the grief we feel now so we want to help
as many cancer patients as we can,” said the Permaisuri.
Coincidentally, the Sultan’s late son, the exceedingly popular Almarhum Tunku Abdul Jalil, Tunku Laksamana Johor, had visited the oncology facility on 8th March 2015, and had expressed concern about the state of the machine.
All that is now set to change with Sultan Ibrahim sponsoring the purchase of the more sophisticated CT-simulator 64 slice machine.
This will ensure that more lives of cancer patients are saved through radiotherapy treatment at the hospital without delay.