IJM donates 42 hospital beds for Covid-19 patients

by SHAFIQQUL ALIFF / pic by TMR FILE

IJM Corporation Berhad (IJM) has donated 42 hospital beds to Hospital Rehabilitasi Cheras and Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL) to treat Covid-19 patients.

This follows the high cases that the Klang Valley has been recording daily, where hospital beds were critically needed.

IJM CEO and MD Liew Hau Seng said the hospital bed donation is an initiative under IJM’s Covid-19 community relief efforts in the area of medical support.

He said 20 of the beds were delivered to Hospital Rehabilitasi Cheras while another 22 beds were placed at HKL.

“The donations are part of IJM’s effort to provide essential medical equipment support at this challenging time.

“We hope that the contributions will help ease the demand for hospital beds as these hospitals reach full capacity and increasing pressure is being placed on medical frontliners,” Liew said in a statement today.

Hospitals across the country, notably in the Klang Valley, were nearing capacity due to a shortage of intensive care unit (ICU) beds and staff to provide adequate treatment for patients.

The Health Ministry (MOH) has noted that the national ICU bed usage rate has increased from late April to June.

As of 16 June, the MOH has increased the number of Covid-19-designated beds to 11,598 beds in hospitals and 31,861 beds at Covid-19 quarantine and low-risk treatment centres.

Meanwhile, Liew added that IJM has also donated funds, medical supplies, and equipment to communities, medical relief charities, and vital services to support the frontliners with the protection and resources they require to combat the epidemic.

He said IJM has been stepping forward to ensure that communities are supported.

“Across our business divisions, we are each doing our part to help those who are most impacted by the pandemic, including our operations in India,” added Mr Liew.

IJM India donated 20 oxygen concentrators to two emergency Covid-19 care centres in Hyderabad and Nagpur in response to the Covid-19 crisis in that country.

The treatment for the Delta variant of Covid-19 during the second wave of the pandemic saw an increased demand for medical-grade oxygen.

The contribution of oxygen concentrators to these emergency care centres, which provide free medical treatment to the needy, was critical to saving lives during the crisis.