RM500,000 aid for poor children with heart disease

  • Metro News
  • Tuesday, 30 Jun 2020

(From left) Dr Aizai with Nor Syifaa Syafiah Mohd Johari, 9, Nur Masturina Shah Indra Purnama, 7, and Muhammad Riduan, 6, who will receive financial aid for their heart treatment, as well as Julini and Muhd Ramadhan. — SAMUEL ONG/The Star

FIFTEEN underprivileged children with heart disease will receive financial aid for their treatment thanks to the “Save A Child’s Heart” partnership programme.

Maybank Islamic Bhd strategy head Dr Muhd Ramadhan Fitri Ellias handed over a RM500,000 donation to National Heart Institute (IJN) chief executive officer Datuk Dr Aizai Azan Abdul Rahim.

“Managing medical costs of a child born with heart disease is very challenging, especially for those from the middle or lower income groups who are having financial problems during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We hope that the partnership with Maybank Islamic will ease the financial burden of the families of these children, ” said Dr Aizai.

Among the 15 children, 12 had successfully undergone surgery in February and March.

Three of the success stories were present at the donation ceremony. They still require continuous monitoring and follow-up treatment.

The rest were either still being treated at the hospitals in their respective hometowns or waiting for their surgery schedule from IJN.

Maybank Islamic also donated RM20,000 to provide IJN’s medical personnel with personal protective equipment (PPE), as the pandemic had caused a shortage of PPE nationwide.

“Even though IJN is a non-Covid-19 hospital, the risk of being exposed to patients or individuals who are in contact with Covid-19 individuals is always there.

“Thus, our medical team faces similar Covid-19 risk exposure as any other hospital, ” said Dr Aizai.

Apart from monetary contributions, the financial institution donated foetal echocardiogram equipment, which would help detect heart abnormalities in foetuses, for early optimal treatment.

Maybank also helped to build a mini library in the paediatric ward and set up a children’s play area at the Paediatric and Congenital Heart Centre Clinic.

IJN Foundation fundraising chairman Datin Julini Mohd Ali called on more people to extend a helping hand.

“IJN Foundation is in need of support, whether they are corporations, social organisations or individuals.

“We welcome donations to help IJN patients who are in need, regardless of the amount, ” she said.

“What we emphasise on here is to ensure that the funds are always enough when it is needed.

“There is nothing more meaningful than seeing the happiness on these children’s faces, ” she added.

For details on how to donate, call 03-2617 8312 or go to www.ijnfoundation.org

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