Georgetown, 24 May 2011 - Yayasan Sime Darby (YSD) today contributed RM1.2 million to Hospital Lam Wah Ee, Penang to purchase four units of sterilizing machines and an automatic washer to sterilise operating room instruments.
A simple yet memorable mock cheque handover ceremony was held at the hospital today in Georgetown, Penang to mark the contribution. YBhg Datin Paduka Zaitoon Dato’ Othman, YSD Governing Council Member, handed over a mock cheque to the President Board of Directors, YBhg Dato’ Dr. Tan Tat Wai, witnessed by the Chief Executive Officer of YSD, Puan Yatela Zainal Abidin.
In her speech, Datin Paduka Zaitoon said, “YSD strives to ensure that the disadvantaged segment of society is treated as equally as others. Therefore, our support for Hospital Lam Wah Ee ensures that we achieve this objective, with it being an established hospital, with reputable services since its establishment in 1883.”
“This hospital has helped many patients and we are here to play our part to make sure the hospital has the right equipment in order to help the unfortunate seek medical treatment,” she added.
As of today, the hospital has purchased two machines; a hydrogen peroxide steriliser to sterilise items at a low temperature and a steam steriliser that uses steam to sterilise equipments at a high temperature. These two machines have already been installed and used in the operating theatres.
These sterilisation machines were due for replacement as they were old machines and were installed in 1982. The machines were also deemed unsafe due to frequent breakdowns and may potentially harm the operators. When these machines break down, the medical staff would have to clean the tools and equipments manually, using sterilising liquid.
YSD’s significant contribution provides the hospital with essential equipment that will allow it to continue to provide good quality medical care and services for its patients, while at the same time ensuring that its employees are not exposed to potential health risks. This initiative is in line with YSD’s commitment under its Community Development pillar to promote the wellbeing of the community, particularly those who are less privileged, irrespective of race, culture, religion, creed or gender.
Hospital Lam Wah Ee is an independent, charitable and non-profit organisation that provides free medical treatment to destitute patients, as well as rendering quality medical services at affordable prices.
Initially providing traditional Chinese Medicine since 1883, the Western Medicine Division of Lam Wah Ee was later commissioned in 1983 with 80 beds and eight specialists. Today, the hospital operates over 500 beds with 49 specialists and accredited by the Malaysian Society for Quality in Health and ISO 9000:2008 certified.
The hospital’s aims to serve the community with quality care at affordable prices have never wavered since 1883 in part due to the generous support of the public. Since 2004, Hospital Lam Wah Ee has been going through an extensive expansion programme, primarily through the building of an eight-storey block as well as purchasing and replacement of medical equipment amounting to RM62.5 million. The expansion plan for the next 15 years includes refurbishment of wards, operating theatres, relocation of clinics and procurement of various kinds of medical equipment. This includes YSD’s contribution of procuring sterilising machines for the Central Sterile Supplies Department (CSSD) and the Theatre Sterile Supply Unit (TSSU).
YSD has been actively supporting health-related programmes for community development since expanding its scope of activities in November 2008. YSD’s other health-related initiatives, which are ongoing at various stages, include:
- funding of RM1.34 million towards National Diabetes Institute (NADI) for free health screening roadshows in selected rural and Orang Asli settlements in Peninsular Malaysia,
- supporting Sime Darby Medical Centre Subang Jaya for Epilepsy Awareness and Treatment Programme worth RM360,000,
- providing bursaries for Basic Healthcare Skills Course conducted by Sime Darby Nursing and Health Sciences College,
- setting up the Tabung Leukemia YSD which will benefit leukemia patients in Malaysia, and
- contribution of RM435,993 to the Cancer Research Initiatives Foundations (CARIF) for its Patient Navigation programme.
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