Festive cheer for cancer patients

Seberang Jaya Hospital staff and peer group members entertaining patients with a Chinese fan dance at the event.

THIRTY cancer patients aged between 27 and 80 from mainland Penang were in a happy mood after receiving hampers and angpows in conjunction with Chinese New Year, courtesy of Seberang Prai Cancer Patient Support Body.

Its peer group chairman M. Suguna said each recipient took home a food hamper and RM100 cash.

“We do these presentations during major festivals and the things to be given away will be based on our financial status,” she said at the recent presentation ceremony at Dewan Mutiara in Seberang Jaya Hospital near Butterworth.

The peer group comprises 10 members who are former cancer patients involved in voluntary work since the peer group was formed in 2015.

Seberang Prai Cancer Patient Support Body chairman Dr Imran Abdul Khalid said the programme was organised to bring joy to the cancer patients in conjunction with the festive celebration.

The recipients posing for the camera with the organisers at the Chinese New Year event at Seberang Jaya Hospital.
The recipients posing for the camera with the organisers at the Chinese New Year event at Seberang Jaya Hospital.

Apart from giving goodies, we also take the patients on sightseeing trips twice a year to places such as Langkawi, Johor and Kelantan for free, added Dr Imran.

He said there were cases where cancer patients were unable to visit the hospital as they could not afford the transportation costs.

“As such, we would help them by providing travel allowances of about RM50, based on the distance they travelled from home.”

The peer group also provided counselling for cancer patients who are often in a state of confusion or depression, he added.

Also present were Penang Health Department director Datuk Dr Wan Mansor Hamzah, Seberang Jaya Hospital director Dr Saiful Azlan Sharif and his deputy Dr Mahzzan Md Issa.

State Agriculture, Agro-based Industries, Rural Development and Health Committee chairman Dr Afif Bahardin was represented by his special officer Imran Hilmy Tawfik Hilmy, who read out his speech.

Dr Afif praised the Seberang Prai Cancer Patient Support Body led by Dr Imran and the peer group led by Suguna, noting that their noble deed and commitment toward helping cancer patients were exemplary.

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