St John Ambulance mobilises resources to fight coronavirus


  • Metro News
  • Thursday, 09 Apr 2020

SJAM personnel presenting personal protective equipment to a staff member from Hospital Sungai Buloh.

ST JOHN Ambulance of Malaysia (SJAM) has formed a special task force to support the government and help the community cope with the Covid-19 pandemic.

The committee under the guidance of SJAM commander-in-chief Datuk Lai See Ming has been actively planning, coordinating and executing several initiatives since the middle of last year.

In response to the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) for medical frontliners, SJAM has mobilised branches all over the country to make DIY face shields. A guide on how to make the face shields was created and shared on the SJAM Facebook page.

SJAM is working with donors and organisations that have donated materials and volunteered to make the face shields.

Volunteers, including SJAM officers and members, are making these face shields at home or SJAM premises while maintaining social distancing.

SJAM is also partnering with petroleum engineering alumni from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia to distribute intubation barrier boxes to hospitals nationwide.

SJAM has delivered 39,531 DIY face shields 3,550 three-ply face masks, 370 N95 face masks 200 sterile disposable gowns and 58 intubation barrier boxes to 81 hospitals, clinics and agencies in Johor, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Melaka, Kedah, Sabah, Negri Sembilan, Penang and Perak.

SJAM has also provided support to the Health Ministry to relocate patients from a hospital in Kluang, Johor, which is being converted into a Covid-19 facility.

A total of 40 non-Covid-19 patients from Hospital Enche’ Besar Hajjah Khalsom were transferred to other hospitals. involving 11 SJAM ambulances and 33 personnel.

A total of 10 SJAM branches in Kedah, Kelantan, Penang, Perak, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Melaka and Johor continue to provide emergency and non-emergency ambulance services as usual.

“SJAM urgently needs support from the public to procure more PPEs in order to maintain the running of these operations, ” said Lai.

The PPE include goggles, face masks, N95 masks, isolation gowns, medical disposable glovess, head covering and shoe covering were urgently needed.

SJAM’s social media team has launched a series of public health communication campaigns through its website as well as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts.

They aim to convey accurate and reliable information to the public and debunk Covid-19 myths that have been circulated via social media.

The communication materials which include health and lifestyle advice is published in a series of infographics in Bahasa Malaysia, English, Chinese and Tamil.

A video series including tips on maintaining a healthy lifestyle and caring for children during the movement control order (MCO) had also been launched.

SJAM is also appealing for donations to support its Covid-19 initiatives as well as government healthcare professionals serving at the front line.

Pick-up of donated PPE items can be arranged by emailing admin@sjam.org.my

For details, visit www.sjam.org.my, www.facebook.com/sjamalaysia or its Twitter and Instagram at @sjamalaysia

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