JOHOR BARU: A non-governmental organisation here allows patients to borrow medical equipment such as wheelchairs and walking sticks for free.
Johor Baru I-Kasih Welfare Association founder Wong Kwok Kheong said the free service has been made available to the public since its inception four years ago.
He said there were more than 700 wheelchairs, 120 beds, 300 walking sticks as well as crutches and portable toilet chairs available at its centre in Taman Tan Sri Ya’akob here.
“We started this service after noticing that many people actually needed the equipment for a short period only and have no use for it after they recover.
“Patients, especially those from low-income families, sometimes find it difficult to fork out hundreds of ringgit for such equipment.
“A special bed for a sick person could cost about RM2,000, ” he said.
Wong said all the equipment, whether brand new or used, were donated to the association by generous public.
“After receiving the items, we will clean and repair them if necessary so that it is in good condition to be lent to others who need it.
“All our equipment are properly sanitised upon return from a borrower and also before they are handed to the next person, ” he said, adding that the public could visit the centre and request to borrow the equipment.
Apart from this initiative, Wong said the association also carried out home visits to distribute food aid to the underprivileged and the sickly.
“We have distributed essential food items such as rice, dried items, cooking oil and milk formula as well as diapers to more than 200 homes this year.
“We focus on the sick, elderly and disabled regardless of their race and background.
“We also helped those who temporarily lost their income during the movement control order, ” he said.
Wong added that the association planned to set up a centre for cancer patients to receive free therapy and care soon.
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