A pledge to help the poor

Dr Wan (left) checking on a patient at the Al-Farabi hall in Masjid Jamek in Kampung Likas.

Dr Wan (left) checking on a patient at the Al-Farabi hall in Masjid Jamek in Kampung Likas.

AS A struggling medical student on state scholarship in Egypt many years ago, Dr Wan Sherhan Seruji made a pledge with his fellow Malaysian coursemates to do something for society once they come back home.

Now attached to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Kota Kinabalu, Dr Wan has gathered his friends and alumni members to provide free medical services to the poor, even forking out their own money to buy medicine for those who cannot afford to.

The project, which kicked off two weeks before Ramadan, involves 30 doctors and some nurses.

“When we were in Egypt studying under scholarship from the state and Sabah Foundation, we made a pledge to give back to the community once we came back as doctors,” he said during his Hari Raya open house.

“And now that all of us have become doctors due to the assistance given by the state government and the people, we decided it was time to fulfil our vow by setting up a charity clinic,” Dr Wan said.

He said they provided free medical screening including blood and sugar tests at the Al-Farabi hall in Masjid Jamek in Kampung Likas near Kota Kinabalu every Friday night.

The doctors take turns operating the charity clinic according to their work schedules and have so far seen more than 300 patients comprising both adults and children.

“We do not turn down anyone, as long as they are genuinely from underprivileged backgrounds,” Dr Wan said.

He said they were glad to have started getting contributions from the public to help fund their charity clinic for the medication and equipment.

“We do hope to get more contributors so that we can continue this work,” he said.

He said those interested to lend a helping hand, even if they did not have medical training, were welcome to join the cause as there were other duties that they could help with.On whether they were keen to help patients in other districts, Dr Wan said there were plans to do so in the future.

He said they would consider travelling out of Kota Kinabalu if there were requests.

“We will think of ways to make this work,” he said, adding they were also thinking of doing a medical or health camp soon.