Crucial partner in pandemic fight


St John Ambulance of Malaysia is working closely with the Health Ministry and medical personnel to fight the pandemic.

St John Ambulance of Malaysia (SJAM) is working closely with the Health Ministry and other authorities in the fight against Covid-19.

While providing services to the community, SJAM is continuing its mission to protect people and maintaining delivery of critical services.

In April this year, SJAM was made official partner of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme.

SJAM commander-in-chief Datuk Lai See Ming said its highly trained crew was on the front lines working tirelessly alongside medical personnel in the field.

“Our volunteers are happy to assist during these difficult times,” he said.

Lai added that SJAM had been providing support in the transfer and management of Covid-19 patients to government hospitals, quarantine centres, state health departments and health clinics.

SJAM has been providing support to mobile vaccination teams that inoculate the elderly and infirm.SJAM has been providing support to mobile vaccination teams that inoculate the elderly and infirm.

“In Kelantan, SJAM is part of the Covid-19 transport unit that assists Hospital Raja Perempuan Zainab II in Kota Baru.

“In Kuala Lumpur, our ambulance service crew transfer an average of six patients a day,” he said.

Its volunteers are also involved in creating awareness and educating the public on the importance of getting vaccinated.

“We have also gone the extra mile to volunteer our ambulance and first aid services to support vaccination centres throughout the country,” he said.

They include Persada Johor International Convention Centre, Johor Baru; Kompleks Sukan Desa Tasik in Kuala Lumpur; Dewan MMU in Melaka; CMH Specialist Hospital in Seremban, Negri Sembilan; Kompleks Sukan Balik Pulau and Subterranean Penang International Convention and Exhibition Centre in Penang; as well as Dewan Masyarakat Keningau and Dewan Badminton Kompleks Sukan Keningau in Sabah.

Lai added that SJAM was currently providing ambulance service support to the Health Ministry’s mobile vaccination teams to improve vaccine delivery.

“We are also part of the vaccination outreach that provides house-to-house vaccination for the elderly and infirm,” he said.

SJAM personnel have also stepped up to help close the gap in resource and manpower at some centres and are looking at deploying additional volunteers.

Lai added that due to the pandemic, SJAM’s fundraising had been badly affected and it needed funds to continue several of these initiatives.

“Our operating funds are depleting and we are appealing to the public and corporate sector to donate,” he said.

“Their financial contributions will help support our volunteers as well as pay for the replacement and upkeep of our ambulances.”

Donations, which are tax-exempt, can be deposited into its CIMB account 8000 41 5552.

For details, call 03-9285 1576 or 03-9281 5784 or email admin@sjam.org.my.

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