Covid19 Battle Is Not Over, But We Will Win
By Teo Xue Yee and Hooi Hilynn (BAC Apprentices)
People in the Klang Valley recently welcomed the great news of being in phase 2! With schools and businesses finally reopening, people are going out, and will be able to see their loved ones again. Life seems to be getting back to normal. With Langkawi welcoming fully vaccinated visitors since 16th September, and talks about Genting, Melaka and Pulau Tioman to follow, perhaps we are beginning to see that glimpse of light at the end of the tunnel.
However, the battle is far from over for the rest of Malaysia.
Other states have been doing poorly in managing the spread of Covid19. Although businesses have reopened, people are still apprehensive about being in public places despite being fully vaccinated. This is because cases are charting record high each day, with the death toll skyrocketing. Slower vaccination rate and scepticism towards getting vaccinated have contributed to the worsening situation. With the increase of people being admitted into ICUs, hospitals in these states are in urgent need of more medical equipment.
When Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin recently visited Sabah, he highlighted the main problem – people living in rural areas have no access to vaccination and proper health treatment. By deploying vaccination mobiles to the interiors, the state government is merely preventing future cases and deaths from arising. What is currently needed – medical equipment and supplies to support frontliners when they help and attend to the hospitalised, suffering from Covid19.
With Covid19 being declared as endemic in Malaysia by October, and the adult population having been fully vaccinated by then, there will be a decrease in people being admitted into hospitals. Nevertheless, there is still a level of uncertainty as to how our hospitals can cope in future. There will be fully vaccinated people who will require medical attention, and with children below 12yrs of age going back to school, there would likely be an influx of Covid19 cases in the near future. This is precisely why CovidFund is still needed. With the goal of providing necessary medical equipment to ailing states, CovidFund aims to help save lives.
Set up by the BAC Education Group, with collaborative partners, CovidFund is on a mission to raise RM1 million to procure and deliver urgently needed medical equipment to hospitals. As of 22nd September 2021, an amazing RM 422,502 has been raised within its one month of launching.
To date, Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL), Hospital Selayang, Hospital Serdang, Hospital Tengku Ampuan Rahimah (HTAR), Hospital Ampang, Hospital Kajang, 3 Klinik Kesihatans in Sabah, and Hospital Ranau have benefited from this initiative. The delivery of essential medical supplies to healthcare facilities will help patients to be properly taken care of, and it is a morale boost to all frontliners to continue their unswerving dedication in service for humanity.
Although this pandemic has knocked us down and brought about many challenges, it has also revealed the best of humanity. Society is coming together to raise funds to alleviate the burdens and ease the struggles of frontliners, the poor and underprivileged communities. Malaysians have amplified food aid and food bank initiatives to help those struggling to make ends meet; and we are on the lookout for one another’s general wellbeing and mental state. Covid19 has encouraged Malaysians to take matters into their own hands, as seen with the #KitaJagaKita, #CovidFund and #GiveBACk movements.
Our war against COVID19 is far from over. Thus, let’s do our part in combating the COVID19 endemic, and making Malaysia a more humane and better place.
In the words of Amit Ray:
“The world needs huge positive energy to fight against the negative forces. Go to the centre of your inner beginning and generate that positive energy for the welfare of humanity”
A little help goes a long way. Visit our fundraising site today if you’re able to contribute monetarily to CovidFund’s urgent struggle!