Nirvana Asia Group executive director Reeno Kong Yew Lian (second from left) and Nirvana Memorial Park marketing chief operating officer Datin Lee Jye Chyi (third front left) handed over the protective equipment to Sungai Buloh Hospital in hopes of assisting medical staff. Witnessing the handover are National Leprosy Control Centre assistant medical officer supervisor Mat Zaidi Mat Razali (first from left) and Sungai Buloh Settlement councilor Tan Ean Nee (fourth from left).
More than RM100k worth of medical equipment and supplies donated
Reeno Kong hopes to protect frontliners while saving lives
(Kuala Lumpur, 18 January) The fourth wave of the Covid-19 pandemic is raging across the country with Klang Valley being the most seriously affected. The confirmed cases have repeatedly hit record highs. Due to lack of medical supplies in government hospitals and in order to support medical frontliners in battling the disease, Nirvana Asia Group has followed up with its efforts from April last year by donating 10 sets of powered air-purifying respirators (PAPR) and other medical supplies including blankets, bed sheets and pillowcases to Sungai Buloh Hospital this year, with a total value of more than RM100,000.
Although the government has begun large-scale testing for Covid-19, government hospitals are still facing the problem of insufficient personal protective equipment – exposing frontline medical staff to a greater risk of infection. Grateful for the sacrifice and dedication shown by these individuals and distressed by the lack of protective equipment, Nirvana Asia Group executive director Reeno Kong Yew Lian decided to personally donate needed supplies and equipment to Sungai Buloh Hospital, one of the main medical centres battling the pandemic.
Due to the tight schedule, the batch of PAPR arrived at Nirvana Center Kuala Lumpur (Nirvana 2) this afternoon, and were immediately delivered to Sungai Buloh Hospital with the cooperation of the suppliers. They were managed by Kong and Nirvana Memorial Park marketing chief operating officer Datin Lee Jye Chyi and were received on behalf of Sungai Buloh Hospital by the National Leprosy Control Centre assistant medical officer Mat Zaidi Mat Razali and Sungai Buloh Settlement councilor Tan Ean Nee.
The 10 sets of PAPR will be helpful to medical frontliners by improving safety, comfort and work efficiency. In addition to being more comfortable and less oppressive to use for medical staff, it also allows for easier communication with patients. Moreover, medical staff can sterilize and replace the filters after each use, allowing the equipment to be reused.
As for the donation of 200 blankets, bed sheets and pillowcases, it will ensure patients receive treatment in a hygienic environment through regular replacement of clean and tidy bedding.
Kong said that the pandemic is a test of resilience. Both the public and private firms should come together to battle the pandemic and overcome obstacles, regardless of differences. Medical frontliners are at higher risk of infection as they face patients every day. The protective equipment will be of great help in protecting them.
“Lives are at stake. If medical staff lack protection and hospitals do not have adequate equipment to treat patients, more frontliners will be at risk,” Kong said, “I hope by addressing this shortage, these heroic individuals can protect themselves while saving people.”
At the same time, he did not forget to pay tribute to the medical staff who battled day and night without fear, thanking them for protecting the lives and health of countless individuals despite the risks. He hopes to fight side by side with all these hard working personnel and provide them with encouragement and practical assistance through this contribution.
Kong also urged everyone to strictly abide by standard operating procedures, stay indoors, maintain physical distancing and wear masks to help reduce possibility of infection and ensure public safety and health.
National Leprosy Control Centre assistant medical officer Mat Zaidi Mat Razali presenting a certificate of appreciation to Nirvana Asia Group executive director Reeno Kong (right) to thank him for his generous contribution.
The staff of Malaysian Public Works Department (JKR) quickly sent the protective equipment to Sungai Buloh Hospital so that medical staff could utilize them immediately.