Answering call of distress

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  • Monday, 11 May 2015

Happy to help: ERU members posing for a group photo with children who survived the Nepal earthquake. (Below) Dr Yee (seated, middle) showing a photo of the quake aftermath. With him are ERU advisor Patrick Thong (seated left), SJAM operations superintendent Dr Suaran Singh (seated right) and other members.

ST John Ambulance Malaysia (SJAM) will be sending two teams of medical personnel to Nepal to attend to survivors of the earthquake that rocked the country.

Its Penang commander Datuk Dr Yee Thiam Sun said the first team will be deployed this Saturday and the second on May 22.

“Thousands have lost their lives and many others injured in this disaster. Although, we do not have much experience in attending to such major disasters, we would like to see how we can help.

“What we need most are doc-tors and medical personnel. The mission that we’re about to embark on is to help those affected by offering them medical treatment,” he told a press conference recently.

Dr Yee said the decision was made after a meeting with SJAM Penang’s Emergency Response Unit (ERU).

He also urged well-wishers to donate to SJAM to assist in easing the logistics costs to the disaster zone and to also help them purchase medication and high quality tents that could withstand the monsoon rain and strong winds.

“It is advisable for those who want to help to donate money rather than items as it would be hard and costly to transport it there. It will be cheaper for us to source for the items from China or India.”

Funds can be channelled to SJAM’s Public Bank account (no: 3160408313).

Doctors or medical personnel wishing to participate can contact Dr Yee (016-4383363) or St John Ambulance Malaysia Penang office (04-8285872).

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