PUTRAJAYA, Jan 11 -- The Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Malaysia will establish the third Ronald McDonald House in Tunku Azizah Hospital in Kuala Lumpur and is expected to begin operations in the second quarter of this year.
RMHC Malaysia president-cum-McDonald's Malaysia managing director and local operating partner, Azmir Jaafar said the Ronald McDonald House would provide temporary accommodation to the families of paediatric patients who accompany their children while undergoing treatment at Tunku Azizah Hospital.
He said RMHC Malaysia has agreed to donate the entire cost of RM500,000 to the Health Ministry to prepare an air-conditioned, fully-equipped 20-room family facility.
“The total cost is not that high because we will renovate the Medi Hotel at Tunku Azizah Hospital into Ronald McDonald House that will be equipped with kitchen facilities, a dining area, washing machine, a surau and family rest area as well as a playing area for children that will be maintained by experienced RMHC home managers.”
He said this at the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between RMHC and the Health Ministry here today. Also present were Health Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba and Tunku Azizah Hospital director, Dr Shamsul Anuar Kamarudin.
The signing of the MoU was for the establishment of the Ronald McDonald House at Tunku Azizah Hospital. The Health Ministry’s secretary-general Datuk Seri Dr Chen Chaw Min signed it on behalf of the ministry while Azmir represented RMHC Malaysia.
Azmir said its establishment would reduce the financial burden of patients’ families, especially B40 families who live outside of Kuala Lumpur.
“We have witnessed how the two earlier Ronald McDonald Houses, with the cooperation of the university hospitals, have benefited families in need, and that is why we are working with the Health Ministry to equip the women’s and children’s hospitals under the ministry with Ronald McDonald Houses, especially hospitals with a high admission rate,” he said.
Dr Adham in his speech said the ministry was informed that RMHC Malaysia was interested in establishing another Ronald McDonald House in Sabah for the families of patients referred to the Sabah Women and Children’s Hospital.
“We welcome donations for hospitals by RMHC Malaysia, especially for the communities in Sabah and Sarawak.
“With such an approach, we will be able to offer the best services to the people and be acknowledged by the international community,” he said.
The two other Ronald McDonald Houses are at Hospital Canselor Tuanku Muhriz, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur and Universiti Sains Malaysia Hospital in Kubang Kerian, Kelantan.
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