ABOUT 30 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have come together to contribute more than RM400,000 worth of medical equipment to Hospital Temenggong Seri Maharaja Tun Ibrahim in Kulai, Johor.
Kulai Tionghua Association chairman Datuk Ang Hua Tong said the funds were raised within a month as many associations and people of various backgrounds and races came forward to make donations.
“We are doing what we can to help the frontliners in the nation’s fight against Covid-19.
“We noticed that many organisations have been donating food to frontliners so we decided to contribute medical equipment to the hospital.
“I am grateful for the donors’ generosity, no matter how big or small.
“Because of their contribution, we were able to give equipment such as portable ventilators, suction regulators, powered air-purifying respirators, oxygen concentrators, a defibrillator, patient monitors, hospital beds, pillows and drip stands,” he said.
Hospital director Dr Noorraudah Abd Rahman thanked the NGOs for their contribution as it reflected the strong spirit and unity of the Kulai community.
“Although we are not the main hospital handling Covid-19 cases, we have to provide support to Hospital Sultanah Aminah in Johor Baru as their capacity is quite stretched.
“There is a field hospital set up at our hospital where we treat recovering Covid-19 patients while the more critical ones remain in the intensive care unit and normal wards,” she said.
Dr Noorraudah also took the opportunity to ask the help of community leaders in spreading awareness on continuing adherence to standard operating procedures and on the importance of getting vaccinated.
Meanwhile, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong’s political secretary Ling Tian Soon, who witnessed the presentation of the items, commended the NGOs for their concerted effort and generosity.
“We usually see corporations, NGOs and individuals moving on their own and it was quite touching to see so many of them standing united for a common goal, which is to fight Covid-19.
“I can safely say that this community initiative is among the best I have seen so far,” he added.