Groups come to the aid of hospitals

Azmi (second from left) handing over the medical equipment and items from Raja Zarith Sofiah of Johor Foundation to Dr Aman (left) while the foundation’s chief executive officer Hishamuddin Abdul Rahim (third from left) looks on.

Royal Institution of Surveyors Malaysia (RISM) Johor branch has donated five syringe pumps worth over RM20,000 to the Hospital Sultanah Aminah paediatric ward.

Its Johor chairman Dr Fara Diva Mustapa said one of its members, Seow Chin Leng, found out about the hospital’s need for such medical equipment and started a fundraising drive in early August.

“Thanks to Seow’s initiative, 41 individual surveyors helped out and RM18,300 was raised within three days for the purchase of four syringe pumps.

“The donors are all RISM Johor members. The association also decided to contribute one unit to the hospital, bringing the total to five,” she said after presenting the equipment at the paediatric ward.

She thanked Suria Johor Baru Foundation for helping to coordinate and expedite the handover, as RISM was not familiar with the process.

Hospital deputy director Dr Sharath Chandran was grateful to RISM Johor for the syringe pumps, which would help in the administration of medication to patients at the ward at a more accurate rate.

He said a syringe pump was used to gradually administer small amounts of fluid or medicine to a patient.

Dr Sharath (second from right) inspecting the syringe pumps donated by RISM while Dr Fara Diva (left) looks on.Dr Sharath (second from right) inspecting the syringe pumps donated by RISM while Dr Fara Diva (left) looks on.

“With the increase in patients, not only from Covid-19, we always appreciate any extra assistance given to our medical staff to increase their productivity.

“We welcome any non-governmental organisations that are willing to donate.

“They are advised to check with the hospital’s corporate communications unit to find out what is needed, in order to provide a more targeted assistance,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Raja Zarith Sofiah of Johor Foundation donated 87 oxygen tanks, 50 flowmeters, 18,000 face masks and half-facepiece respirators to hospitals in the state.

Johor State Secretary and foundation board of trustees member Datuk Azmi Rohani presented the items to state Health Department director Datuk Dr Aman Rabu.

Apart from the items, 40 hospital beds were also distributed to hospitals in Johor Baru, Batu Pahat and Mersing.

Azmi said the contribution was made possible by the ongoing support and funding from the Johor Sultan and Permaisuri as well as the foundation’s proactive action in ensuring the public health service in the state was among the best in the country.

“The foundation is presently working on meeting the need for other medical equipment based on requests and discussions with the Health Department.

“It is hoped that the donated items will be utilised in the best way possible to improve the level of services provided to the people,” he said.

He extended gratitude to the Ng Teng Fong Charitable Foundation and Yeo Hiap Seng (M) Bhd for their contribution of RM1mil each, which would be used to buy and supply the necessary medical equipment to all hospitals in Johor.

Separately, the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers Johor also responded to the urgent request from Hospital Sultan Ismail by donating canvas beds for Covid-19 patients.

Its chairman Saw Seong Ho said 20 canvas beds and 34 cartons of hand-roll stretch film for medical use were handed over to the hospital recently.

“I want to thank our members for their kind contribution to assist the hospital in treating the increased number of Covid-19 patients,” he said.

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