QUEST International University Perak (QIU) has mobilised its academics to answer the government’s call for medical volunteers in the fight against Covid-19.
Several of its medical lecturers have volunteered to bring their experience and expertise in different specialisations to the nationwide effort, including physicians, paediatrics, orthopaedics, surgery and family medicine.
The move was in response to Health Ministry director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah’s call for medical practitioners to help the ministry.
“We owe a great deal to the front liners who are doing so much to treat people and curtail the spread of Covid-19.
“But they need support as well, ” said QIU chief operating officer Nicholas Goh.
“As a university, we have experienced medical practitioners among our staff and we are glad to help. We are inspired by their spirit of volunteerism and are confident they will help reduce the workload faced by medical teams, ” he added.
Goh said the university’s microbiologists, researchers, academics and laboratory technicians were ready to help out if the government needed further assistance.
The university also joined the effort to produce personal protective equipment (PPE) for medical frontliners in Perak.
QIU’s Science and Technology Faculty deputy dean Prof Dr Sim Yee Wai is doing so by joining an online group that produces 3D printed face shields.
The group connects frontliners who need to order these items with volunteers who can create the single-use disposable PPE.
Aided by fellow QIU academic Tay Yen Pei, Prof Sim has supplied 30 face shields as part of the effort, with another dozen set to be delivered soon.
Goh said the university was also going all out to ensure its students’ well-being during this challenging time.
“We are there to help if they need transport, hot meals or groceries.
“At the same time, we have set up communication platforms where they can reach out if they need medical advice or counselling from our academic staff.
“This is a time when we all need to ask ourselves what we can do to make a difference. Giving back to the community is something entrenched in our university’s principles and I am proud to see our lecturers embodying this spirit, ” added Goh.