KUCHING: It was otherwise a normal day for occupants at the Sarawak General Hospital cancer ward, however, they got a lovely surprise when Assistant Housing Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah popped in for a visit.
The usual solemn environment in the ward was abuzz with excitement and anticipation for the minister’s arrival on Monday afternoon. Their cheerful faces alight with curiosity at the visit.
Along with few dignitaries, Karim made his rounds in the men’s cancer ward followed by the women’s ward while greeting the occupants and their guardians. Earlier on, hampers with food items prepared by Department of Special Affairs (JASA) were distributed to the patients in the hope that it will lift their spirits.
These brave individuals, clad in their green hospital gowns were welcoming as they chatted with the minister. A teenager sat on the hospital bed exchanged pleasantries with the minister as he approached.
Some guardians stayed the night over and looked tired. One guardian at the women’s ward thanked the minister for coming.
The nurses in the ward also looked cheerful and worked passionately to help their patrons even when they looked tired.
The visit also indirectly fostered the festive mood among some Chinese patients who might not be celebrating Lunar New Year at homes with family.
Although they know the battle of recovery ahead would be a challenging one, their positive thinking and strong will would not be deterred.
“We do not forget these less fortunate one. One of the programme called the Programme “Ziarah Kasih” is to get to know those who are less fortunate and to lift a little of their spirits at the hospitals,” said Karim.
Other than the Sarawak General Hospital, JASA also hedld this programme in old folks homes and orphanage elsewhere in the state.