Society helps provide beds for Kelantan quarantine centres

Lending a hand: Volunteers setting up beds donated by the Buddhist Tzu-Chi Merits Society Malaysia and Chinese assocations at a quarantine complex in Kelantan.

PETALING JAYA: With the rising Covid-19 cases in Kelantan, the state’s Buddhist Tzu-Chi Merits Society Malaysia is lending a helping hand by contributing beds for Covid-19 Quarantine and Treatment Centres (PKRCs).

Wong Khan Wei, a Tzu Chi volunteer in Kelantan, said they had been providing beds to the state government since early this year as there were not enough beds to treat Covid-19 patients there.

He said for the first batch in January, they sent 130 beds to the Pusat Tarbiah Islamiah Kelantan (Putik) Pengkalan Chepa PKRC.

“The second batch of 60 beds were delivered on April 11 and 12 to the Jubli Perak PKRC Hall.

“On April 15, we sent another 50 beds to the Putik PKRC while on April 22, Tzu Chi sent

106 beds for patients and six beds for medical staff to the Panji Youth and Sports Complex, ” he said when contacted yesterday.

Wong added that a Chinese businessman together with 11 Chinese associations also contributed double-decker beds, mattresses and pillows to the complex.

He said the setting up of the beds was not easy as it was done at short notice.

“For the Panji Youth and Sports Complex, we had to send the beds at 10am as the patients were coming in the evening. But thanks to all the volunteers, we were able to instal the beds and put everything in place within three hours, ” he said.

Wong noted that this was not the first time they had helped out during the pandemic as they donated 2,000 personal protective equipment to the state health authorities last year.

“Since Covid-19 cases are increasing, Tzu Chi volunteers are trying to do our part by helping to reduce the burden of the frontliners. We do this with love and compassion.

“We would also like to thank Hospital Raja Perempuan Zainab II deputy director Dr Mohd Azman Yacob and the frontliners for their efforts in handling the Covid-19 cases.

“As Malaysians, we are grateful to have this opportunity to help people during the pandemic, ” he said.

The 11 Chinese associations that also

contributed are the Hokkien Hoay Kuan Kelantan, Persatuan Lam Ann Kelantan, Persatuan Shing Ann Kelantan, Persatuan Eng Choon Kelantan, Persatuan Chin Kang Kelantan, Gabungan Pertubuhan Tiong Hwa Kelantan, YMM Negeri Kelantan, Dewan Perniagaan Cina Kelantan, Kelantan State Amulet Club, Buddhist Missionary Society Malaysia Kelantan Branch and the Kelantan Chat Group.

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