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Church Action Saves Lives in Malaysia

Two new pieces of medical equipment donated by LDS Charities have helped doctors in Malaysia diagnose and provide care for their patients in Malaysia. Since 1997 residents of both East and West Malaysia have had their lives extended due in part to the charitable aid rendered by LDS Charities, the humanitarian arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Sungai Buloh Hospital, Kuala Lumpur, received a donation of a USCOM monitor to aid in the treatment of Dengue Fever. LDS Charities partnered with Michael Mains from the US in supplying the machine. On February 12, 2015, Dr. Balachandran a/l Satiamurti, Director of Health Selangor, accepted the donation on behalf of the Minister of Health, Datuk Seri Dr. Subramaniam. He said, "this gift will be of specific help to the Specialists working in the Intensive Care Unit so they can better care for their patients. This monitor opens avenues of treatment which were not available before."

In 2013 there were 30 recorded deaths from Dengue Fever.  The current situation of Dengue Infection in Malaysia has reached an alarming 300% increase with government and private hospitals overwhelmed with admissions. By the end of January 2015 there were reported 18 deaths from Dengue Fever and that number is increasing.

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