THE ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has put a major strain on the resources of our healthcare system.
As such, the Nirvana Asia Group has stepped up its corporate social responsibility efforts.
The rising number of fatalities – reaching three digits in recent days – prompted the company to donate a 12.2m mobile cadaver freezer to Hospital Kuala Lumpur to store the bodies temporarily.
Nirvana Asia Group founder and executive chairman Tan Sri Kong Hon Kong hoped that the donation would help alleviate the increasingly lack of space at the hospital’s morgue.
“Medical resources are stretched thin with many patients waiting for beds.
“And some have succumbed to the Covid-19 virus.
“The number of deaths also keeps increasing, which has left the morgue overcrowded,” he said.
He added that the mobile cadaver freezer could keep 45 bodies.
The Nirvana Asia Group funeral service division had held meetings with Hospital Kuala Lumpur to get the required specifications for such a container.
The company said it would be sending two such freezers to Hospital Serdang and Sungai Buloh soon.
The total cost for the three containers is RM300,000.
The group earlier donated 526 body bags (amounting to RM50,000) to Hospital Sungai Buloh, in line with the company’s mission to give respect to the departed.
It also pledged to provide free cremation services and columbarium space to help needy families who lost a loved one to Covid-19.
Kong expressed hope that the initiative would provide some relief to the grieving family members.
Nirvana Asia Group, a bereavement services company, had been active in dispensing aid since the pandemic began last year and had mobilised some RM16mil through various campaigns.
Its executive director Reeno Kong Yew Lian had also personally contributed 13 respirators, bed sheets, pillow cases and 10,000 face masks to Hospital Sungai Buloh last year. — By FARID WAHAB