Tzu Chi responds to bed shortage
The cumulative COVID19 cases in Malaysia have exceeded 1 million. As the pandemic continues, hospitals are filled with patients, and many regular wards begin to admit critical patients. During the sudden change, Hospital Sultan Ismail faces a Bed Shortage. Volunteers from Tzu Chi Johor Bahru immediately provided Jing Si Multipurpose Folding Beds that were used for disaster relief. This time, the beds are temporarily used in general wards and emergency rooms to fill the gap of bed shortage.
5-inch device as fundraising tool
As the COVID19 confirmed cases in Kedah remain high, hospitals and health clinics continue facing shortages of medical resources. Volunteers from Tzu Chi Kedah visit various medical facilities to provide support. Meanwhile, volunteers also make the best use of technology to raise funds among their community.
Medical equipment support COVID-19 battle
The number of daily confirmed cases in Penang state remains high. Patients with severe symptoms in category 4 and 5 are increasing. Therefore, Tzu Chi volunteers deliver High Flow Nasal Cannula units and lend Oxygen Concentrators to Penang General Hospital, hoping to leverage the burden of medical workers.
Centre set up to welcome visitors
Recently, a spike in COVID-19 cases occurred in North Seberang Perai District, Penang. Those residents with symptoms and tested positive are self-quarantined at home according to the instruction of the district health office. The district health office has set up a COVID-19 assessment centre at the community hall. They hope to centralize the monitoring of self-quarantine residents and the sampling at one site.
Supports across the sea arrived
Master Cheng Yen worries about the pandemic outbreak in Malaysia, therefore arranges to send pandemic protective equipment to Tzu Chi Malaysia. Tzu Chi volunteers support at the front line. A volunteer lends the warehouse of his own factory to store the equipment. In the future, the warehouse will be used as a centre to store the emergency relief supplies.
Air cargo arrives at warehouse
Tzu Chi Headquarters in Taiwan supports Malaysia with 200 oxygen concentrators. The devices were transported by air from mainland China to Bukit Mertajam in Penang. Volunteers from Tzu Chi Malaysia examine each device and arrange to send the devices to different general and district hospitals for emergency use.
More patients but less beds
In Malaysia, the daily COVID-19 confirmed cases have been exceeding 20,000 . The increasing number of patients has caused the #shortage of hospital beds. To prevent patients from being neglected for admission, Tzu Chi volunteers bring 25 hospital beds to Hospital Sultanah Aminah.