THE Johor Baru chapter of Malaysian Red Crescent (MRC) is inviting application for medical aid to help the less privileged with their medical bills.
Its chairman Chong Ah Ng encourages single mothers, senior citizens and those from low-income families to apply for the aid.
He said the fund was in line with MRC’s aim to assist the underprivileged and help them through their hardship.
“For the past 20 over years, the chapter has been helping less privileged patients with their medical bills, from dialysis patients to those suffering from chronic diseases.
“We offer monthly financial support to patients rather than just give a one-off sum, in order to provide long-term assistance to lighten the patient and their family’s burden, ” he elaborated.
“Currently, the chapter is supporting 14 patients through our medical aid fund, ” he added.
Chong said the chapter’s welfare service group would screen the applications and conduct home visits to better understand the applicant’s financial situation and needs.
Approved applicants could receive at least RM300 a month, he highlighted.
He said although the amount was not huge, it would still be of help as some of them also received financial aid from other government and non-governmental organisations.
“The MRC Johor Baru chapter also encourages the public to contribute to the medical aid fund so that we can help more people in need, ” he said.
The medical aid is available for application until March 15.
Those interested can send their applications to MRC Johor Baru at No.66, Jalan Yahya Awal, Johor Baru or contact Chong (016-711 4488), its welfare service group assistant officer in charge Chia Soon Hooi (019-714 6166) or the chapter’s office at 07-223 8354.