PETALING JAYA: Voluntary NGO Mercy Malaysia has stepped up its response plan to assist the government with the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.
In a statement on Wednesday (Oct 7), Mercy Malaysia said it had set up screening stations – three in West Malaysia and six in East Malaysia, as well as extended its swabbing activities with more manpower in red zones.
"To support the Health Ministry in preventing or slowing transmission, Mercy Malaysia plans to set up nine Covid-19 screening stations, with three sites set up in West Malaysia and six sites in East Malaysia.
"For this initiative, 180 volunteers will be deployed in two phases, with 10 volunteers manning each site for eight days consecutively for 72 days.
"Mercy Malaysia has decided to extend its Covid-19 testing (swabbing) activities in five
locations identified as red zones that includes Selangor, QFFD Klinik Ampang, Kedah, Sabah and Sarawak for 200 days with 10 medical volunteers to conduct the swab test at a time.
"Mercy Malaysia will also assist in supplying ICU and Covid-19 related healthcare equipment to healthcare facilities, which include viral transport media (VTM), antigen rapid test kits (RTK-Ag), distribution of PPE sets and masks to agencies and Klinik Kesihatan that require this vital support.
"The operational objective of Mercy Malaysia’s Covid-19 third wave strategic preparedness and response plan is to contribute in reducing morbidity, mortality and social impacts of the outbreak’s third wave by preventing and slowing transmission and helping to ensure communities affected by the outbreak maintain access to basic social services and being able to support themselves throughout the course of the outbreak," said Mercy Malaysia.
In recent days, there has been an emergence of new clusters in a few states, mainly in Sabah and Kedah.
For those who wish to support Mercy Malaysia on the fight against the third wave of this
pandemic, you may channel your donations to Covid-19 Pandemic Fund through: MERCY Humanitarian Fund: 5621 7950 4126 (Maybank) or MERCY Malaysia: 8000 792908 (CIMB), or through www.mercy.org.my.
All monetary donations to MERCY Malaysia are tax-exempt.