RM2.5mil aid for hospitals and clinics

Sabah Health Department employees inspecting boxes containing personal protective equipment for distribution to selected hospitals and clinics.

Medical frontliners battling Covid-19 in Sabah’s public hospitals and clinics were given a helping hand when Petronas Foundation handed over medical equipment and supplies worth RM2.5mil to the state Health Department.

Ten units of air purifying respirators, two humidifiers with integrated flow generator and five units of four-parameter vital sign monitors were delivered to six public hospitals in Sabah.

The recipients were Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) and Sabah Women and Children’s Hospital in Kota Kinabalu, Duchess of Kent Hospital in Sandakan, Tawau Hospital, Keningau Hospital and Lahad Datu Hospital.

The medical equipment and supplies will be used in the hospitals’ nursing care, emergency and trauma, intensive care and paediatric intensive care wards.

Additionally, a total of 1,000 jumpsuits and 600,000 nitrile gloves will be distributed to public hospitals and health clinics through the state Health Department.

Petronas Sabah and Labuan head Rokiah Sulaiman said: “We recognise the urgency and need for more medical equipment and supplies at public hospitals and health clinics in Sabah.

“We hope our contribution will ensure the well-being of the frontliners while helping them cope with Covid-19 cases.”

Sabah Health director Datuk Dr Christina Rundi said they appreciated the timely contribution by Petronas Foundation to better equip their hospitals and medical frontliners in managing Covid-19 cases.

“As we aim to flatten the curve again, we strongly urge the public to continue avoiding the 3Cs (crowded places, confined spaces and close conversation) and practising the 3Ws (wash your hands with soap often, wear masks and heed warnings), ” she added.

In September, the foundation contributed a total of 1,504 bottles of hand sanitisers, 2,500 pieces of surgical face masks and 2,390 medical gowns to QEH. It also contributed two ventilators to the hospital in August.

In April, 14 intensive care unit beds were given to several hospitals in the state.

So far, Petronas Group’s initiatives to support the nation in mitigating the spread of Covid-19 stands at more than RM42mil which includes a contribution of RM6.4mil from Petronas employees.

These initiatives are in line with the Petronas Sustainability Agenda as well as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3 that focus on ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all.

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