NGO, foundation and varsity donate medical equipment to hospital

Dr Sivakumar (centre) inspecting the medical equipment before handing them over to HSA while Mohd Rashidi (right) looks on.

THREE organisations have contributed more than RM200,000 worth of medical and electrical equipment to Hospital Sultanah Aminah (HSA) in Johor Baru to aid the fight against Covid-19.

Johor Baru Malaysian Red Crescent Society’s national committee for community and health services deputy chairman Datuk Mohd Rashidi Mohd Nor said that together with the Raja Zarith Sofiah of Johor Foundation, some RM150,000 worth of equipment has been donated to meet the public hospital’s needs.

“We hope the items that include electrocardiogram machines, defibrillators, drip stands and trolleys will help ease the hospital’s burden in tending to the large number of Covid-19 patients as well as those admitted for other illnesses.

“We are ready to contribute more items depending on what the hospital needs,” he said after handing over the items to hospital director Dr Mokhtar Pungut.

The contribution also included air conditioners, industrial fans, tables and water dispensers.

Foundation chief executive officer Hishamuddin Abdul Rahim thanked healthcare workers nationwide for their tireless efforts in combating the virus.

“We have taken this opportunity to contribute more than 2,500 face masks to the hospital as well.

“During the previous phases of the movement control order, we presented personal protective equipment to various hospitals in the state,” he said.

Meanwhile, Monash University Malaysia handed over items such as syringe pumps, fingertip pulse oximeters and vital signs monitors worth around RM50,000 to the hospital.

The university’s clinical school deputy head Dr T. Sivakumar expressed hope that the items would benefit patients receiving treatment for Covid-19 there.

“We are always working closely with the state Health Department and HSA to provide whatever

support that is needed, and we realise that any form of resources will be useful during this challenging period.

“We hope the Health Department and HSA will reach out to us in case they need more help and we will be happy to assist in any way we can,” he added.

Meanwhile, Dr Mokhtar said he was overwhelmed and thankful to the three organisations for their contributions.

He added that the hospital would check its resources from time to time to ensure that it has enough medical equipment and supplies to ensure all patients’ needs were taken care of.

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