Hospital joins list of beneficiaries of ‘Frontliners Initiative’

Useful donation: SMG representative Sarban Singh (third from right) presenting the medical equipment to HTJ head of orthopaedics department Dr Abdul Rauf Ahmad. Also present were Dr Harlina (centre) and Dr Zaleha (left).

SEREMBAN: Hospital Tuanku Ja’afar (HTJ) here has joined the list of beneficiaries of the Star Foundation’s “Frontliners Initiative” when it received medical equipment from the special fund to aid in the battle against the Covid-19 pandemic.

The hospital, which is now the only one in Negri Sembilan treating Covid-19 patients, received a precision incubator, a power drill for surgery and three ward beds from the foundation.

State Health director Datin Dr Harlina Abdul Rashid, who witnessed the presentation, thanked the foundation and the donors for the assistance.

“Many thanks to the Star Foundation for giving us this much-needed equipment. This will certainly help in the better management of our patients, especially those with Covid-19, ” she said.

Hospital director Dr Zaleha Mohd Noor also expressed her gratitude to the foundation.

“On behalf of all staff at HTJ, I would like to say a big thank you to the Star Foundation and the people who donated to the fund.

“We will surely make good use of the equipment and ensure it fully serves the purpose as well as benefits the community, ” she said.

Dr Zaleha said HTJ had received 1,043 Covid-19 patients as of Sept 17. To date, eight deaths have been reported in Negri Sembilan.

The “Star Frontliners Initiative” was launched by Star Media Group (SMG) to raise money to buy essential medical equipment and supplies for hospitals and medical frontliners involved in battling Covid-19.

Since April, medical equipment including ventilators, ICU beds, ultrasound machines and personal protective equipment have been donated to hospitals nationwide.The initiative raised more than RM2.66mil, including RM1mil pledged by SMG to kick-start the fund.

Star Foundation was set up as the charitable arm of Star Media Group with the aim of supporting impactful initiatives to help a diverse group of beneficiaries.

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