NGO continues to serve amid pandemic


MRC NS training assistant director Fedrick Teh (left) presenting face shields to doctors from Hospital Tuanku Ja’afar’s Anaesthesiology Department in Seremban.

Malaysian Red Crescent Negeri Sembilan (MRC NS) has been involved in many community programmes since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.

In March last year, when Covid-19 cases were on the rise, the society’s volunteers collected funds to buy raw materials to make face shields.

As a result, 2,000 pieces were distributed to frontliners in the state in less than two months.

The importance of hygiene and physical distancing were also constantly highlighted to the public through distribution of face masks and hand sanitiser.

To date, MRC NS had given out 1,131 bottles of hand sanitiser and 8,400 pieces of medical-grade face masks to 30 schools, 18 welfare homes, 215 market vendors, police, fire and rescue personnel as well as the Lenggeng Detention Centre.

Their volunteers sprung into action when floods hit some villages on the outskirts of Seremban in November last year.

They distributed 240 blankets and hand sanitiser to residents of Kampung Pasir, Kampung Mansur and Kampung Mok Sum.

MRC NS director Ng Yoke Leng said she was particularly overwhelmed by the conditions at Kampung Pasir.

“Many families here are from the hardcore poor.

“Some have to take care of sickly family members too.

“When schools were closed because of the pandemic, children in this area did not have the necessary gadgets and access to the Internet to attend online lessons.

“And then the flood hit them. It was such a sad sight, ” she said.

Working closely with the national headquarters, MRC NS identified families in need and coordinated food basket distribution.

A total of 1,200 food baskets, each worth RM100, were distributed to people with disabilities, single mothers, B40 families in Seremban, Port Dickson, Nilai, Jempol and Rembau as well as two Orang Asli settlements in Mantin.

MRC NS also sent four medical doctors to serve at the Duchess of Kent Hospital in Sandakan for six weeks when Covid-19 cases peaked in Sabah.

Another medical volunteer helped with Covid-19 tests when cases spiked in the Klang Valley.

MRC NS volunteer Dr Albert Ling Chuan Kai, who headed the mission to Sabah, said the experience was invaluable.

“The stint in Sandakan was an eye-opener. We were impressed by how the Duchess of Kent Hospital handled the outbreak with limited resources, ” he recalled.

Dr Ling had also coordinated with MRC national headquarters to send essential medical equipment to hospitals in Sabah.

In terms of funding, MRC NS chairman Datuk Dr Wong Chiang Choy said running an NGO has its challenges.

“Our main source of income comes from industrial first aid training for employees of factories and power stations, but this has been badly affected by the pandemic, ” he said.

Other sources include Flag Day collections, donation from companies and the state’s annual grant, all of which have been affected too.

“We need income for operational costs. At present, we have two full-time employees who follow up on all our programmes and attend to calls from the public, ” he said.

Wong added that despite its financial difficulties, MRC NS was still committed to serving the community.

“We hope people will continue to support our activities.

“I urge the public to adhere to the standard operating procedure at all times as the pandemic is likely to be around for some time, ” he said.

To donate to MRC NS, bank in to “Malaysian Red Crescent Society NS Branch”, account number 05010003627715 (Bank Muamalat).

If you wish to claim for tax exemptions, please state so in the email. Send the proof of transaction to mrcs.ns@gmail.com

For details, call 06-763 9097.

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