WITH Covid-19 cases on the rise, hospitals are packed with patients, especially those in need of oxygen.
Taking this into consideration, Penang MCA has stepped forward to donate 20 oxygen concentrators to Bukit Mertajam Hospital.
Its chairman Datuk Tan Teik Cheng said they raised funds to buy the oxygen concentrators after learning about the hospital’s plight.
“When the hospital’s board of visitors chairman Datuk Kang Chun Keong reached out to us, we took immediate action to help the patients at the hospital.
“We visited the hospital to further understand their plight and situation.
“We found out that the hospital is currently treating more than 100 Covid-19 patients.
“We believe these oxygen concentrators will be of use in treating patients with respiratory issues,” he said in a statement.
An oxygen concentrator is an essential medical device used to improve symptoms of shortness of oxygen levels for Covid-19 or any other respiratory diseases such as asthma, lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and flu that causes oxygen levels in our body to decrease drastically.
Tan said he was glad they could secure the oxygen concentrators within a short time.
Of the 20 units, he said, Yong Heng Bakti Fund Organisation donated nine units while he personally donated one unit.
“Separately, Penang Port Commission and Penang Port Sdn Bhd each donated two oxygen concentrator units to Kepala Batas Hospital,” he said.
Tan said although public hospitals had a fixed allocation from the Federal Government, they decided to reduce the hospital’s burden and help the patients with the donation following to the sudden addition of Covid-19 patients to Bukit Mertajam Hospital.
“I wish to thank Yong Heng Bakti Fund Organisation for their generous donation.
“With the increasingly serious pandemic situation that we are facing, we need to also reach out to those in need,” he said.