Tuesday, 07 Apr 2020
26/03/2020 08:22 PM

ALOR SETAR, March 26 -- Sultan of Kedah Al Aminul Karim Sultan Sallehuddin Sultan Badlishah and Sultanah of Kedah Sultanah Maliha Tengku Ariff today contributed medical equipment worth more than RM300,000 to the Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital to treat COVID-19 patients.

The contribution was also from Raja Muda of Kedah Tengku Sarafudin Badlishah Al Aminul Karim Sultan Sallehuddin, Raja Puan Muda of Kedah Che Puan Muda Zaheeda Mohamad Arif and Tunku Laksamana of Kedah Datuk Seri DiRaja Tunku Shazuddin Ariff Al Aminul Karim Sultan Sallehuddin.

The medical equipment comprised 20 units of mechanical bed, Mindray VP5 (10) and Mindray SP5 (five) infusion pump, five electrical beds and one Medical Emergency Cart, defibrillator, Mindray BeneHeart R3A ECG 3CH, Mindray VS600 and Biological Isolation Chamber.

The gift was presented by the state secretary Datuk Ammar Shaikh Mahmood Naim who represented Sultan Sallehuddin to HSB director Dr Zaiton Udin and witnessed by Kedah Health director Dr Mohd Fikri Ujang at Wisma Darul Aman here.

In a speech read by Ammar, Sultan Sallehuddin urged the people of the state to continue to maintain their health and hygiene as Kedah had registered 69 cumulative cases as of Wednesday evening.

"People are advised to ensure that their surroundings, especially the home environment, are kept clean and well maintained and regularly wash their hands and use hand sanitiser as well as practice social distancing.

"The people are also urged to obey the instructions of the Movement Control Order (MCO) which entered the ninth day and to remain at home if there was no urgent business or emergency. It is hoped that no social activity or gathering outside the house is held during the period to ensure that everyone is safe," said His Majesty.

The sultan also reminded the people not to make panic buying as the government had assured them that there was sufficient supply of goods and most importantly, not to spread fake news related to COVID-19.

Meanwhile, Dr Mohd Fikri said the donation from the royal family of Kedah was indeed significant and timely.

"We always welcome donations from non-governmental organisations (NGOs) especially for the hospital staff. Currently, we are in the process of obtaining all relevant medical equipment to deal with the outbreak including personal protective equipment (PPE), " he said.






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