UOB Malaysia Helps MERCY Malaysia Inject RM100,000 into Hospitals

Powered air-purifying respirators, oxygen concentrators, and vital sign monitors among others to be purchased with the funds

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Dr Noorul Hashimah Hashim, Emergency and Trauma Medical Specialist, Hospital Sungai Buluh, (second from left) receiving the critical medical equipment donated by UOB Malaysia from Muhammad Hilman Hanafi Nor Azam, Finance & Admin Officer, Mercy COVID-19 Operations, (second from right)

UOB Malaysia has donated RM100,000 to three hospitals in need of vital resources to help them fight the ongoing pandemic that has left the nation’s medical infrastructure under severe pressure. The donation will help procure critical medical equipment to ease the burden of hospitals and healthcare workers as they grapple with the spike in COVID-19 cases.

The donation, distributed through MERCY Malaysia1, will go towards Sungai Buloh Hospital and Selayang Hospital, the two out of the three designated COVID-19 hospitals in the Klang Valley, as well as the Melaka General Hospital, the only major government hospital in the state handling COVID-19 cases. The money will be used to supply powered air-purifying respirators, oxygen concentrators, vital sign monitors, enteral feeding pumps, medical syringe pumps and other essential equipment to support the increasing number of patients admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU).

Wong Kim Choong, Chief Executive Officer, UOB Malaysia, said, “Our public healthcare system continues to be under immense pressure due to the resurgence in COVID-19 cases. Hospitals are suffering from a shortage of resources and supplies as they care for the increasing number of patients admitted into the ICU with severe respiratory symptoms. We hope that through our donation, we can help meet the demand for critical medical equipment and ease some of the challenges faced by the hospitals so that they can better help patients in critical condition. We are grateful to MERCY Malaysia for facilitating the donation and their continued support of hospitals that have been working tirelessly since the beginning of the pandemic.”

Zuraidah Mian, Acting Executive Director of MERCY Malaysia, said, “Malaysia’s healthcare system is stretched thin and UOB Malaysia’s contribution will enable us to secure the necessary medical and logistics support and alleviate the burden of the selected COVID-19 hospitals. We are grateful for the assistance UOB Malaysia has shown in support of the MERCY Malaysia COVID-19 Full Movement Control Order Preparedness and Response Plan. By working together, we hope that we are able to support the frontliners and strengthen the primary health system, which is the final defence against the pandemic.”

UOB Malaysia’s donation of medical equipment is the latest in its series of relief initiatives under UOB’s global #UnitedForYou COVID-19 Relief Programme. Throughout the pandemic, UOB has offered various relief measures, including the six-month opt-in repayment moratorium.

The Bank donated RM350,000 to four charities to help more than 25,000 children in need. UOB Malaysia also contributed RM500,000 last year through The Association of Banks in Malaysia’s MERCY Malaysia’s COVID-19 Pandemic Fund. The fund was set up to provide healthcare workers in the country with adequate critical medical equipment.