PETALING JAYA: Over 20 collection points in Malaysia have been set up for the public to drop off medical supplies to be delivered to hospitals in Wuhan, under an initiative by relief organisation #OpsHarapan.
Ng Yeen Seen, a representative from the NGO, said it is working with its logistics partners to collect and deliver much-needed medical supplies to frontline workers in Wuhan as they continue to battle the coronavirus outbreak.
“I started #OpsHarapan to help with the Kelantan floods in 2014, but I feel very strongly about the virus outbreak in China because I have many friends in Wuhan working in the frontline (to tackle this).
“I know of friends there who had to cancel their Chinese New Year leave because of this. They had already arrived in Beijing for the celebration but were recalled to work. They are risking their lives and they have sent out requests seeking more resources. So if we Malaysians can do something, we should, ” she said.
Among the medical supplies that are needed are N95 protection masks, KN95 surgical masks, surgical gowns and safety goggles, she added.
“Our organisation accepts medical supplies that match up to the medical grade that have been approved by the Chinese government or hospitals, ” she said.
Malaysians, she said, can drop off such goods at 25 collection points managed by logistics company Yunda Express.
She added that while there are no collection points in Sabah and Sarawak, donors can contact #OpsHarapan and send their items to the airport which will then be collected by MASkargo.
Ng, who is also the CEO of the Centre for Research, Advisory and Technology, said the donated items would be dispatched directly to hospitals.
The hospital representatives, she added, will then send a photo of the inventory list to show that the items have been safely received.
She said the public could also make financial contributions, adding that more than 100 people have already donated to the cause.
“We are still consolidating the donations and doing cross-checks. For transparency purposes, we will later publish the donors’ names (without disclosing the amount) along with an entire statement of account, ” she said.
Although there are only about 15 core volunteers leading the relief efforts by #OpsHarapan, Ng said she believes the people’s movement can create a positive impact.