United Overseas Bank (Malaysia) Bhd (UOB Malaysia) pledges RM500,000 to MERCY Malaysia’s COVID-19 Pandemic Fund to provide healthcare workers in the country with adequate critical medical equipment needed to take care of patients and to protect front-liners who are working tirelessly during this COVID-19 outbreak.
The donation is channelled through the Association of Banks in Malaysia (ABM) to support MERCY Malaysia, a volunteer relief organisation that provides medical and humanitarian services.
In a statement, Wong Kim Choong, Chief Executive Officer, UOB Malaysia said that in addition to meeting the need for more critical medical equipment for the growing number of patients affected by COVID-19, the contribution is also to help provide essential supplies for the safety of medical professionals and those on the frontline as they protect and save lives in the collective fight against the virus.
“The most vulnerable members of our community are our healthcare workers providing critical care to others and helping to contain the spread of the virus,” Wong said.
The Bank’s contribution to ABM’s collective pool will help support the critical preparedness, readiness and response actions by the Ministry of Health Malaysia and the National Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre.
The fund will be used to provide critical medical equipment such as ventilators, powered air-purifying respirators and testing kits, as well as to create isolation space for patients’ treatment.
Furthermore, it will also enable hospitals to enlist the help of additional volunteers to care for patients and to assist in health screening, as well as to provide food and essential supplies to doctors, volunteers and patients.