By Emma Victoria
SEVERAL Sarawak lawmakers have raised over RM100,000 within hours to purchase medical supplies for the Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) which was running short of the items due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
Stampin Member of Parliament Chong Chieng Jen had appealed for public donation to buy personal protective equipment (PPE) and other related items for frontline medical workers in the hospital.
This followed an open letter from the Occupational Safety and Health Association of Sarawak General Hospital appealing for items like coverall suit, head cover, isolation gown, boot cover, N95 respirators and face shield or goggles.
These items are necessary to protect the front-liners dealing with Covid-19 cases.
“Upon receiving the open letter, we have mobilized our members nationwide to try to source for the medical disposables.
“It is difficult in getting the supply due to global shortage. However, from our contacts in Johor, we managed to get the supply of most of the items sought for,” Chong who is also state DAP chairman, wrote on his Facebook.
The total cost to purchase these items is RM107,050.00. Freight charges to send the items to Kuching is sponsored by a DAP member from West Malaysia.
Chong donated RM10,000 while Bandar Kuching MP Kelvin Yii, Violet Yong (Pending Adun) and Wong King Wei (Padungan Adun) contributed RM5,000 each. They are now working to transport the items to the hospital soon.
“What we can do is to tackle the immediate and short term needs. We need the government to quickly step in to ensure continuity of supply of these disposables,” he stressed.
Apart from that, the party’s members also delivered 1,500 pieces of N95 face mask to SGH.
“It was from a good Samaritan who wanted to help, hence, our members had sent the mask to the hospital immediately,” he added.