PENANG Adventist Hospital is urging the public to refer needy people who are in need of medical assistance for their heart problems.
Its chief executive officer Wesley Toh said they had the funds but were lacking in referrals.
“Referrals can be made to our Medical Social Services Division. Individuals with a combined family income of RM2,500 or less may also apply.”
He was speaking to reporters at the launch of the hospital’s ‘Cycle for Hearts’ event at the hospital grounds in Burmah Road recently.
Toh also hoped that the Govern-ment would subsidise operations for heart cases referred by the Penang Hospital, adding that a heart surgery could cost between RM25,000 and RM30,000.
“The hospital’s heart fund has helped 701 heart patients since its inception 26 years ago in 1988.
“Close to RM8.8mil has been disbursed to deserving cardiac patients irrespective of their race and religion,” he said.
Toh added that 69 children from infancy to the age of 18 had received treatment with a total of RM2.43mil being disbursed from the fund.
“This was done through a partnership with the Penang Hospital’s Paediatric Cardiology Unit and was in response to the then health minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai’s appeal to reduce the heart patients’ waiting list at public hospitals.”
Meanwhile, the hospital’s community development manager Nancy Ong Ai Hua said the public could look forward to the 20km ‘Cycle for Hearts’ and ‘Selfie with Hearts’ events on Sept 28 held in conjunction with World Heart Day in Beach Street.
“The registration fee for both events is RM30 per person and can be made online via the Adventist Hospital Charities (Facebook page) or directly at the hospital’s Development Department. Registration will close on Monday.
“We are setting a target of 500 people for this event and hope to raise RM190,000 for our Hospital Patient Heart Fund,” she added.
She said they had only raised RM36,000 and registered 283 so far.
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