By DARMINAA UTHAYAKUMAR
THE Association of Wives and Women Employees of Petronas (Petronita) contributed RM255,000 worth of medical supplies to hospitals and healthcare frontliners battling the Covid-19 pandemic.
The collection of funds from Petroliam Nasional Bhd’s (Petronas) employees, their families and the public were funnelled to Petronita’s Covid-19 Donation Drive which ran from March 20 to April 5.
Powered air-purifying respirator, portable ventilator, video laryngoscope and supplies such as refrigerators, air purifiers, standing fans, ward screens, bottles of mineral water and toiletries sets were given to healthcare staffs from Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL), Ampang Hospital, Hospital Canselor Tuanku Muhriz UKM and Pusat Perubatan Universiti Malaya.
“While all of Malaysia is staying safe at home, our healthcare workers are working diligently to ensure our safety,” Petronita president Puan Sri Dr Azura Ahmad Tajuddin said in a statement.
“With them being at the forefront, it is imperative that their own health and wellbeing are taken care of. As a token of appreciation, we hope this aid that Petronita is providing will ease their burden and help keep their spirits high,” she added.
The Petronita Covid-19 Donation Drive goes hand-in-hand with Petronas’ RM20 million contributions to aid hospitals and healthcare workers who are mitigating the spread of the virus.
Petronas’ businesses and employees have also channelled contributions to identified hospitals and medical frontliners, totalling up to RM1.5 million to date.
Separately, Tokio Marine Malaysia consisting of its general (Tokio Marine Insurans [M] Bhd) and life (Tokio Marine Life Insurance Malaysia Bhd) companies announced that they will be donating one million nitrile powder-free medical gloves in an effort to protect first responders in the local healthcare industry. “Today, hospitals face critical shortages in medical-grade gloves for their healthcare staff. As corporate citizen, we are compelled to help protect our doctors, nurses and hospital staff in appreciation of the sacrifices and contributions made in their line of duty,” said Ng Hang Ming, CEO of Tokio Marine Insurans.
Tokio Marine Malaysia has also teamed up with Supermax Corp Bhd, one of the top glove manufacturers in the country, in supplying, identifying and distributing 100,000 gloves each to six government hospitals.
These include Hospital Sungai Buloh and Hospital Selayang in Selangor; HKL and Hospital Ampang in KL; Hospital Putrajaya; and Hospital Melaka.
Subsequently, Tokio Marine Life Insurance has set up a special RM1 million Covid-19 financial support fund to help customers and their families during this challenging period. The company also conducted a corporate social responsibility giveaway of 1000 bottles of hand sanitisers to the public recently.