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The Edge Covid-19 Pandemic Funds send more equipment to hospitals

KUALA LUMPUR (July 9): The Edge Covid-19 Pandemic Funds have delivered equipment and personal protective equipment (PPE) worth RM2.8 million in the past one week to various hospitals.

University Malaya Medical Centre received RM1.44 million in ventilators and other ICU equipment like beds and video laryngoscopes. Hospital Shah Alam was given RM890,000 worth of similar equipment plus oxygen tanks, medical gloves and face shields.

The funds, which received around RM25 million in donations last year at the start of the pandemic, also gave RM466,088 to help equip the Field ICU managed by Angkatan Tentera Malaysia (ATM).

On hand to receive the equipment from the Malaysian Relief Agency (MRA) last Wednesday was Lieutenant General Datuk Dr Zulkeffeli Mat Jusoh, director general of ATM health services.

MRA, one of the NGOs helping The Edge to deliver equipment to hospitals, also received RM28,000 of PPE to be used by their members in their relief work.

To date, the funds have donated over 140 ventilators, 100 oxygen concentrators and over RM2.14 million worth of PPE to more than 30 hospitals, including those in Sabah and Sarawak, over 60 district clinics in Peninsular Malaysia, and several prisons since the start of the pandemic.

The Edge Covid-19 Pandemic Funds were started in late March last year, during the first Movement Control Order, with two funds — The Edge Covid-19 Equipment Fund, which has raised RM14.74 million, while The Edge Covid-19 Health Care Workers Support Fund has received RM10.54 million for a total sum of RM25.28 million.

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