WITH the battle against the Covid-19 pandemic in full swing, Malaysians are banding together to help the Health Ministry in one way or another.
Malaysian Nagarathars Welfare Group has donated four Airvo2 High Flow Nasal Oxygen Cannula machines to various government hospitals in the country, including one to the Penang Hospital.
Its coordinator Dr S. Thannimalai said the group was also donating two more Airvo2 units to Johor hospital and Melaka hospital.
“This machine gives out high flow heated and humidified oxygen through the nasal cannula.
“It will help the hospitals manage critically ill patients, especially those with stage 3 and 4 of Covid-19 symptoms, in their wards due to the high utilisation of ICU beds nationwide.“This will in turn enable the hospital’s ventilators to be used for other critical patients like those with stage 5 of Covid-19.
“Each machine costs about RM30,000,” he said, adding that it was one way of helping the community during the trying times.
The welfare group, comprising Malaysian Indians from the Nattukottai Chettiar community, is headed by retired chief obstetrician and gynaecologist Datuk Dr N. Subramaniam.
“With cognisance of our financial muscle and strength in numbers, we realise we can do something to help.
“We may not be able to create a big impact but if we can save one life, it would be well spent,” he said.
Dr Thannimalai said the funds were generated solely from individuals and temples of the Nagarathar community.