Etiqa gives RM1mil to buy ventilators for hospitals

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 25 Mar 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: Etiqa is contributing RM1mil for the purchase of ventilators through Mercy Malaysia to ease the impending shortage faced by designated hospitals tasked with responding to Covid-19 cases around the country.

An additional RM1mil is being donated to Mercy Malaysia’s Pandemic Fund to support strategic preparedness and response plan to the virus.

This initiative will also help ensure all communities are well prepared, especially those with the weakest health systems, in addition to supporting the country’s formal health system through the Health Ministry, as well as the Crisis Preparedness Response Centre (CPRC).

Etiqa’s four entities – Etiqa General Insurance Bhd, Etiqa General Takaful Bhd, Etiqa Life Insurance Bhd and Etiqa Family Takaful Bhd – have rallied together to make this possible.

Covid-19 is a disease that targets a person’s lungs and can cause complications such as pneumonia and acute respiratory distress syndrome. In severe cases, patients will require the assistance of ventilators to bring enough oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body.

With the number of people infected with Covid-19 increasing in Malaysia, the number of ventilators available at designated hospitals will be insufficient to deal with the number of critical cases.

“As the largest insurance and takaful provider in Malaysia, we feel that it is our duty to help the country battle Covid-19, ” said Etiqa Insurance & Takaful Group CEO Kamaludin Ahmad.

“While the current situation is worrying, we sincerely hope that our contribution to Mercy Malaysia will mean that no patient will have to be denied lifesaving care due to ventilator shortage.

“During this difficult time, I would like to also call on everyone in this country to do their part in ensuring that the virus does not spread further. There’s no greater call for solidarity than now in fighting Covid-19, ” he added.

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