TO HELP strengthen Malaysia’s healthcare system amid the recent surge in the number of Covid-19 patients, Maybank has pledged RM14mil to urgently upgrade two government hospitals to ensure the continued provision of adequate medical facilities and services.
The contribution, to be channelled via Mercy Malaysia’s Covid-19 Hospital Surge Capacity Support Programme, will see the deployment of critically needed equipment and personnel to Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL) and Hospital Tengku Ampuan Rahimah in Klang (HTAR), beginning next week.
Maybank chairman Tan Sri Zamzamzairani Mohd Isa said the group, like all other Malaysians, viewed with concern the increasing number of Covid-19 patients and the resulting strain on the country’s medical infrastructure.
“We recognise the challenges faced by our hospitals and heroic frontliners, as well as the anguish of the patients and their loved ones who may face delays in receiving medical attention because of the overwhelming number of cases.
“Given the pressing requirements at these two hospitals, we felt it was essential that all efforts be made to alleviate the critical need for medical support and offer relief to both the patients and frontliners there.”
Mercy Malaysia president Datuk Dr Ahmad Faizal Perdaus said they were honoured by the continued support from Maybank.
“The latest funding is testament to the recognition for and trust that Maybank has in our work as a non-profit organisation in delivering emergency humanitarian response.”
Zamzamzairani said the programme would be carried out over an estimated 20-week period through a three-pronged approach.
This will be through the provision of health equipment and supplies as well as mobilisation of human resources and technical training including mental health and psychosocial support.
“It will result in the ICU bed capacity for Category 4 and 5 Covid-19 patients increasing by six units in HTAR and 10 units in HKL, as well as an additional 200 Covid-19 patient beds at each of these two hospitals.
“At the same time, it will provide critically needed health workers and support staff totalling 40 personnel for HTAR and 50 for HKL, to serve at both their Covid-19 and non-Covid-19 wards, enabling their outpatient departments to reopen and serve all patients.”
This initiative will also see more medical staff trained on the proper handling of Covid-19 cases as well as provide a wide range of ICU and non-ICU medical equipment, including for both the hospitals’ emergency departments.
These include close to 4,000 medical and supporting equipment such as BP monitors, ECG and cardiac machines, oxygen flow meters, defibrillators, ventilators, oxygen concentrators, critical care vital monitors and ICU beds.
Recognising the need to reduce burnout and mental health challenges among frontline health workers, the programme will also provide mental health and psychosocial support services through reliable health management modules and mechanisms, and deliver direct aid to reduce the livelihood burdens of these workers and their family members.
Zamzamzairani said Maybank’s contribution would also see the setting up of a temporary field hospital at HTAR together with the provision of technical training to the staff to augment the treatment and recovery of Covid-19 patients.
This will help reduce the existing load at the ICU and general wards by the active management of Category 3 patients, he said.
“Our hope is that by working together with the health authorities, Mercy Malaysia and all Malaysians, the sustainability of our nation’s healthcare system will be assured, and our hospitals will be better equipped and prepared to face not only the current Covid-19 outbreak, but also future pandemics,” he added.