PETALING JAYA: To alleviate the burden of resource-strapped Covid-19 hospitals in the Klang Valley red zones, the MCA Crisis Relief Squad (CRSM) through its GoCare platform seeks to raise RM300,000 to buy urgently needed emergency supplies.
CRSM national chief Datuk Natalie Lim Chong Ly(pic) urges the public as well as the corporate and business community to continue supporting frontliners and Covid-19 treatment hospitals as they are the final line of defence against the virus.
“There are many news reports on the lack of medical equipment and tools at hospitals and CRSM also received requests from Covid-19 treatment hospitals to help purchase certain equipment and items in order to ensure the treatment process is not disrupted.
“The drastic increase of Covid-19 patients in the Klang Valley has led to this shortage of equipment,” said Lim in a statement.
Besides medical supplies, GoCare has also been delivering snacks contributed by companies such as chocolates, fruit juice and bread in a bid to show support and cheer up the frontliners, she said.
GoCare project manager Xilas Ngang said they aimed to raise RM300,000 to help five Covid-19 treatment hospitals namely Hospital Kajang, Hospital Ampang, Hospital Selayang, Hospital Serdang and Hospital Sungai Buloh.
“They are in need of items such as oxygen concentrators, XXL size personal protective equipment (PPE), oxygen tank trolleys, big canopies and more.
“Other urgently needed supplies included face shields, electronic weighing machines, wall clocks and an infant warmer,” he said.
Earlier, Ngang dressed up as a GoCare Spiderman to add some cheer to the frontliners at Hospital Kajang, which the team visited on Thursday morning (Aug 5) to hand over contributions of 10 oxygen tank trolleys and 500 face masks.
He said since the pandemic started in 2020, CRSM had contacted 60 hospitals and launched a crowdfunding effort and sourcing for donations of medical equipment supplies via its collaboration with non-governmental organisations.
“So far, we have given contributions of oxygen tank trolleys, PPEs, face masks and more to hospitals.
“In this one or two weeks, we are trying to raise RM300,000 from the community and our sponsors to help the five hospitals in need,” he said.
Selangor CRSM chief Ch’ng Soo Chau said through the GoCare donation and fundraising platform, they managed to get 20 oxygen tank trolleys, of which 10 were donated to Hospital Kajang, which was facing an acute shortage of the items.
“In the midst of this Covid-19 wave, there are five hospitals specialising in Covid-19 treatment because the number of patients has increased drastically.
“We are trying to get them the much needed equipment through the GoCare portal to ease the pressure that the hospitals are facing,” he said.
He said besides donating equipment to hospitals, CRSM had also been contributing packed meals to frontliners at Klang Valley hospitals via its Dapur Kasih GoCare programme in collaboration with several eateries.
“We are glad to have some kitchens helping us in this effort,” he said.
Bangi MCA deputy chairman Datuk Hoh Hee Lee said everyone must realise that Covid-19 was very serious, and cannot be taken lightly, and encouraged people to contribute in any way that they could.
“Everyone that is able to, must chip in and help the frontliners or people who are displaced by the pandemic due to income or job loss.
“If everyone can chip in, I think we can overcome the pandemic in a better way,” said Hoh, who also urged the public to get vaccinated as well as practise the standard operating procedures and social distancing measures.
According to the CRSM, over the past few months, it has carried out 850 disinfection exercises for the community and schools as well as contributed 5,000 packed meals to hospital frontliners.
GoCare has also organised the #BeMYHero programme to help 31,743 families in need of groceries, in collaboration with CRSM branches nationwide.
To check the list of urgently needed medical equipment, visit https://gocare.org.my/product/hospital-fundraising/.
For more information, contact the GoCare hotline at 03-2203 3920 or 019-669 6278.