PATIENTS in Ward 2A and 2B of Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun had a pleasant surprise when Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir turned up with wellwishes and fruit baskets.
Together with his wife Datin Seri Saripah Zulkifli, Perak executive council members Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon, Datuk Saarani Mohamad and Datuk Dr Muhammad Amin Zakaria, they gave away fruit baskets and other contributions to the patients.
Also accompanying them were Perak Health Department director Datuk Dr Hassan Merican and hospital director Dr B. Premavathy.
Dr Zambry spent about 30 minutes with the patients before breaking fast with the doctors, nurses and staff members at the hospital.
In his speech, he lauded the hospital staff for their commitment and dedication during the fasting month which was in line with the spirit of Ramadan.
“Nurses and doctors here are as efficient as usual during the fasting month, I laud them for their courage and dedication to their profession.
“I also know some of my doctor friends are fasting because they want to experience it, and at the end of the day, they have a lot of respect for those who fast.
“The contribution from everyone in the hospital is immense. I have sent my mother and daughter here for treatment before because I trust them,” he said.
To commend their good work, Dr Zambry announced that the state government would allocate RM50,000 for the hospital’s Sports and Charity Club.
“Sometimes people forget to say thank you to doctors and nurses. For their hard work and sacrifice, I hope this allocation would lead to many good things from them,” he said.
Premavathy, who was evidently elated to learn about the allocation, said it was the first time the club received such a huge sum from the state government.
She said the act would boost the morale of the staff as well as benefit the 1,800 members of the club.
“The club has existed for a long time and its membership is growing. I am truly overjoyed when Dr Zambry made the announcement.
“We have many plans but lack the funds to implement them. With this allocation, we will make them happen.
“We know about the Mentri Besar’s benevolence and his eagerness to help. I am glad he recognises our club,” she said.
Premavathy added that they would use the allocation to conduct corporate social responsibility (CSR) events and sports activities for staff members.
“We must make sure that the funds are wisely used. Our club has helped many people in the past and it will continue doing so in the future too,” she said.