Donors show support for medical frontliners

Jimmy (in red) handing over the sets to Dr Aman (middle) as Hospital Sultanah Aminah director Dr Mokhtar Pungut@Ahmad (with songkok) and donors Tan Soon Kwang (right) and Lau Teck Kiang join them.

IN these tough times when the country’s medical frontliners and facilities are stretched because of the high number of Covid-19 cases, many have come forward to extend a helping hand.

Pulai MCA public complaints and services chief Jimmy Tan Sin Meng and his team handed over three defibrillators worth RM69,000 to Hospital Sultanah Aminah (HSA).

He said they had launched a fundraising drive for the devices and Masai Che Sir Khor Moral Uplifting Society contributed two defibrillators while the remaining unit was purchased with the help of individual donors.

“The defibrillators were handed over to Johor health director Datuk Dr Aman Rabu to be placed at the hospital’s Covid-19 wards.

“As a HSA board of visitors member, I thank the generous donors for their contributions in helping to make a difference and lighten the load of medical frontliners,” he said.

Besides the defibrillators, Jimmy said the funds raised was also used to purchase four units of non-invasive blood pressure monitors, which would be distributed to the hospital’s relevant departments soon.

Dr Aman said with the shortage of beds and limited equipment, medical frontliners were finding it increasingly difficult to cope with the worsening Covid-19 situation.

He urged the public to strictly comply with the standard operating procedure (SOP) and avoid leaving their homes unnecessarily.

In Pontian, Tanjung Piai MP Datuk Seri Dr Wee Jeck Seng’s service centre donated two sets of industrial fans and mineral water supply to Pekan Nanas health clinic to provide some relief to frontliners on duty.

Service centre head Tan Eng Meng said recently, four employees at the clinic, who were in full personal protective equipment (PPE) while conducting swab test duties, had suffered from dehydration because of the long working hours and hot weather.

“We immediately offered our assistance and sent the items to the clinic,” he said.

“We truly admire the work and effort of medical frontliners in combating Covid-19, and I call on the public to register for the national immunisation programme if they have not done so in order to attain herd immunity as soon as possible.”

Meanwhile, non-governmental organisation Hand In Hand Association Johor Baru founder Wen Poh Choo said it distributed 1,360 sets of meals and drinks to medical staff at four facilities in Johor Baru to thank them for their hard work.

She said with the help of generous donors and volunteers, 700 meal sets were sent to HSA, 300 to Hospital Sultan Ismail, 200 to Hospital Permai and 160 to

Pasir Gudang Covid-19 low-risk quarantine and treatment centre.

The sets were worth a total of RM12,240.

“We hope the small gesture showed them our support.

“Most of the medical staff had to work round the clock throughout the Hari Raya period.

“Despite fighting Covid-19 for more than a year, the frontline staff are still not getting any respite because there are people who refuse to adhere to the SOP.

“All of us have a part to play in the country in the fight against the pandemic, so let’s not waste our frontliners’ hard work,” Wen said.

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