SOME RM1.6mil worth of medical devices including the GEM Premier 5000, an automated blood testing machine, were handed over to the High Dependency Ward (HDW) and Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Penang Hospital by the Malaysia Semiconductor Industry Association (MSIA).
Its president Datuk Seri Wong Siew Hai said the association hoped that the devices would help the hospital cope with the local spike in Covid-19 cases recently.
“The health authorities in Penang are facing a great challenge as they do not have sufficient equipment to treat the increasing number of patients.
“Other than the automated blood testing machine which provides real-time analysis and feedback, we also donated the Prismaflex 8.1, which is embedded with a system to support the recovery of acute kidney injury patients, ICU beds, HDW beds and physiologic monitors,” he said in statement.
Wong said under the MSIA Cares programme, members were encouraged to join in the sponsorship effort and 11 companies, including Greatech Integration, Smart Modular Technologies, Venture Electronics Services and Jabil Circuit responded.
“The sponsorship was raised in May and all medical devices and equipment were delivered to the hospital in June.
“We had to act quickly because the equipment was required immediately for the continuity of urgent treatment to patients.”Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow received the sponsorship after a ceremony in Komtar recently.
Also present were Penang Hospital deputy director (medical) Dr Ibrahim Tahir Naosherwan Anwar and MSIA members.
In May, under the MSIA Cares Programme, RM2.02mil was also raised from the sponsorship of 28 member companies to purchase 1,552 laptop computers for needy and B40 students.
Wong said these students were unable to study online as they could not afford to buy computers, adding that the laptops were given to the students in selected schools via the Penang state office and the respective 40 state assemblymen.
MSIA is the collective voice of the electronics industry association established in January.
Its members include individuals and companies incorporated in Malaysia involved directly or related to the semiconductor industry (electronics & systems and automation), its supply chain as well as institutions providing related engineering, finance and legal services to the semiconductor industry.