SIBU, 23RD APRIL 2020 – The many kind and generous souls in this town are a blessing to the Sibu Hospital, its director Dr Mohamad Ng Siah Huat said on Wednesday when witnessing the handover of an ultrasound machine for the ICU ward from Pansar Berhad.
“It’s heart-warming and very motivating to see that we are not alone in this fight against Covid-19 and that the people are with us too,” he said referring to the many contributions in various ways and means that local folks have extended to the hospital.
Dr Mohamad said, the latest corporate social responsibility (CSR) activity by Pansar was another shining example of how corporate organisations here have responded so positively to the needs of the community.
“I would like to put on record my thanks to everyone who has made contributions to the Sibu Hospital, and I assure everyone that we will not let up in our fight against Covid-19. Please stay home and adhere to advice from the relevant authorities,” he said.
Present to receive Pansar’s gift was Dr Betty Lee Leh Sieng, who heads the hospital’s anaesthesiology dept. She was equally grateful that her colleague Dr Toh Teck Hock had successfully reached out to corporate organisations and sought their kind assistance.
“Currently, the hospital has only one functioning unit of the ultrasound machine which has to be shared. We certainly welcome this newest addition,” she said, noting that it would be used at the hospital’s intensive care unit (ICU).
Dispelling the common misconception that ultrasound machines were only for scanning pregnant women, Dr Lee said the equipment was actually for many other purposes.
“For example, it will enable us to quickly scan the patient’s internal organs to detect whether there are any anomalies. It is not an invasive procedure and it gives doctors an immediate insight,” she explained.
In the case of the current pandemic, ultrasound plays an indispensable role in the diagnosis and treatment of severe acute pneumonia, which is the life-threatening illness associated with the most severe cases of Covid-19.
Also, for those who are on ventilators, they may develop complications such as pneumothorax, or other times they develop other problems such as kidney injuries.
And when such patients needed central line, peritoneal dialysis, the ultrasound machine would play a major role in locating the complications.
From the above examples, it can be seen that an ultrasound machine is an extremely useful and important equipment in the hospital, she stressed.
In a related statement, Pansar general manager David Tai said that the group will play its small part and continue to lend a helping hand to the brave front liners.
It had previously contributed infrared medical thermometers and sanitising gels to the hospital while assisting the local BOMBA by contributing sanitising liquid for the latter’s disinfecting tasks.