Covid19: A Long & Bumpy Road Ahead
By Lau Sherley and Lim Jia Wen (BAC Apprentices)
People are longing to return to their normal lives, and they are starting to learn how to live with the virus. It is possible, but when is the right time?
We have seen a sign of decline in daily covid cases and actual deaths for the past week. Since we are projected to achieve herd immunity by October 2021, with more than 80% of the country’s adult population to be fully vaccinated, has the time come?
The government has started to reopen more economic sectors as Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob has echoed his fear on the implications of the pandemic on society’s mental health. In line with the Prime Minister’s concern, Education Minister, Datuk Dr Radzi Jidin has also recently announced that unvaccinated students are allowed to return back to schools in stages. More states are proposing to resume travel activities for fully vaccinated individuals to revive the domestic tourism sector, for example the Langkawi Travel Bubble.
With the emergence of deadlier Covid variants in our country, the existing vaccines are not a silver bullet. Research has shown there is reduced efficacy against the new variants. However, as a nation, we cannot be unprepared and we must do our part in ensuring the hospitals and healthcare workers, our last line of defense, are capable to fight through this uphill battle.
Based on the official data in COVIDNOW, as of 16th September 2021, the ICU utilisation rate in Penang, Kedah and Perak has surpassed 90% with their ventilators utilisation rate at 76.4% and above. The hospitals have been operating beyond their optimal usage. This has highlighted a potential threat. Our healthcare system may collapse if the situation is not rectified. We cannot afford to let this happen to our country and our loved ones. Everyone deserves a chance to receive proper medical treatment.
It is still a long and bumpy road ahead. In order to overcome this pandemic, our mission continues. There is still an urgent need for CovidFund in response to the shortage of life-saving medical equipment. With the incessant supply of medical facilities, the hospitals all over the states would be in a better position to conquer the pandemic.
Collaborating with Rotary District 3300, Yayasan Kelab-kelab Rotary Malaysia, The Malaysian Association of Hong Kong, and Make It Right Movement, BAC Education Group launched the CovidFund. The fund targets to raise RM1 Million to secure purchase and deliver medical facilities to hospitals which are in dire need of the equipment.
As of 21st September 2021, a total of RM422,500.00 has been raised, which is indeed encouraging as it has merely been 7 weeks since our launch.
To date, 6 hospitals in the Klang Valley, namely Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL), Hospital Selayang, Hospital Serdang, Hospital Tengku Ampuan Rahimah (HTAR), Hospital Ampang and Hospital Kajang have received assistance from the fund. It is also comforting to witness that our help has stretched beyond the seas and has reached East Malaysia. On 1st September, 3 Vital Signs Monitors with 3 parameters were given to Jabatan Kesihatan Negeri Sabah to be delivered to Klinik Kesihatans in Putatan, Penampang and Luyang, and on 15th September, 1 Vital Signs Monitor with 5 parameters was delivered to Hospital Ranau, Sabah respectively.
Albeit we see a decline of Covid 19 cases in the Klang Valley, it does not indicate that assistance to our healthcare system should be halted. With the relaxation of SOPs and the unending mutation of variants, we should remain vigilant and ensure that our healthcare system is always tenable to sustain its operation. As such, every little help from the public is requisite and necessary.
After nearly two years of fight against Covid 19, the virus appears to be invincible. Yet, it also discloses the beauty in heart. Our people on this beautiful land are looking out for one another, regardless of race, ethnicity, and nationality.
Having witnessed the warm and overwhelming response to various initiatives, KitaJagaKita and GiveBACk, we are hopeful that CovidFund would receive the same to dispense aid to hospitals and frontliners in this trying time.
The combat against Covid 19 is still underway. Every little contribution counts and we will slowly, but surely make a change!
With the words of Mahatma Gandhi in mind:
“Be the change you want to see in the world.”
Visit our fundraising site today to shed light amid the pandemic!