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Red Crescent on standby Hari Raya

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

THREE ambulances and 260 members from the Malaysian Red Crescent Penang branch, will be placed on 24-hour standby statewide during the Hari Raya period.

Its deputy chairman Lim Kim Chuan said the vehicles and members will be on stand-by starting from today until Sept 13. “Our aim is to provide paramedic services to the injured so as to minimise and prevent further injuries before they are transported to the hospital for further treatment. The ambulances and members will be stationed at our branch offices in Jalan Grove on the island, Jalan St Marks in Butterworth and Permatang Tinggi in Bukit Mertajam,” he said.

Lim was speaking reporters after the launching the 24-hour ambulance service in Jalan Besar, Sungai Bakap near Nibong Tebal on Sunday.

Red Crescent Penang gets new ambulance

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Malaysian Red Crescent Penang Branch has a new ambulance — thanks to the Kuwait Finance House.

The ambulance was among three donated by Kuwait Finance to the society, with the other two going to the MRCS Sabah and Kuala Lumpur branches. A ceremony was held to mark the handover of the ambulance at the Penang MRC headquarters on Grove Road.

Branch chairman Datuk B.J. Yeang said some of their ambulances were quite old.  “Having a new ambulance that is fully equipped with medical equipment will help us tremendously in carrying out our duties,” she said.  The branch now has 10 ambulances, including the new one.

The ceremony coincided with the launch of a two-day ‘Pre-hospital Care’ course for MRCS members.

Bundle of joy on Mother’s Day and World Red Crescent Day

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

It was double joy for couple Ridzuan Hassan and Suharna Hamidon who were gifted with a baby boy on Mother’s Day which also coincided with the World Red Crescent Day (WRCD). Ridzuan said he and his wife, both 29, were happy that the latest addition to their family was born on a such a meaningful and significant day.

The couple, who already have a daughter aged five and another two-year-old boy, received a pleasant surprise when they were visited by the Malaysian Red Crescent (MRC) Penang Island chapter members at the Penang Maternity Hospital. The members presented the couple with a hamper filled with baby clothing and other essential items for a newborn on Sunday.

Ridzuan, who was touched by the gesture, said he hoped to enrol his newborn son as a MRC member when he grows up in remembrance of the special day he was born. The baby boy, which has yet to be named by the couple, was the first to be delivered in the hospital at 12.14am that day.

For someone special: Ridzuan giving a card to his wife Suharna, thanking her for delivering him a healthy baby boy at the Penang Maternity Hospital

For someone special: Ridzuan giving a card to his wife Suharna, thanking her for delivering him a healthy baby boy at the Penang Maternity Hospital

Another delighted father Lim Yu Eng, 25, brought his wife Liew Mei San, 24, a stalk of carnation to thank her for delivering the couple’s first child. “I just cannot describe the happiness I’m feeling with the arrival of my baby boy,” said Lim, a salesman. Lim’s mother Tang Kam Leong, 58, who was also at the hospital, said she was happy to receive her first grandson in the family. “I’m really thankful and feel blessed as both my daughter-in-law and grandson are fine and healthy. “It is also a memorable day for all of us as my grandson arrived on a very special day,” she said. The couple also received a hamper from the MRC.

MRC Penang Island Chapter Chairman Nancy Cheah said WRCD was celebrated worldwide to honour International Red Cross Society founder Henry Dunant, who was born on May 8, 1828, in Geneva. She said MRC has been celebrating the day since the early 1990s. The MRC Penang Island chapter presented hampers to 10 couples whose babies were born in the hospital that day.

Red Crescent on alert

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

MALAYSIANS by nature are a helpful lot and they are ever willing to help road accident victims out of their mangled vehicles but unfortunately, they do not have the skills or knowledge to conduct a proper rescue. Penang deputy chief police officer Senior Asst Comm Datuk Abd Rahim Jaafar said such good intentions have resulted in some of the injured passing away at the scene due to the improper way of extricating them. He cited a case in Baling a few years ago when several villagers rushed in to pull victims out of an express bus after it crashed. “They failed to realise that some victims could not be removed and needed to be stabilised first. Although, the villagers meant well, some of the victims they rescued later died,” he said.

SAC Abd Rahim said Malaysians must learn the basic rescue techniques. He said there were now several non-governmental organisations such as the Malaysian Red Crescent Society (MRCS) offering intensive training for free. He added that the police were also working with the MRCS to improve the rescue skills of police personnel.

Earlier, SAC Abd Rahim, together with MRC Penang Branch Chairman Datuk B.J. Yeang, launched the Penang Red Crescent’s 24-hour ambulance service in conjunction with the Chinese New Year celebrations. The service will end on Feb 6. About 220 MRCS members will be on standby statewide over the festive period. The public are advised to call 999 in case of any emergencies and the nearest ambulance would be assigned to respond.

In another development, SAC Abd Rahim said the police had formed special squads to monitor express bus drivers in conjunction with the seasonal Ops Sikap.

On standby: SAC Abd Rahim flagging off the volunteer Red Crescent ambulance services, watched by Yeang (on his right).

On standby: SAC Abd Rahim flagging off the volunteer Red Crescent ambulance services, watched by Yeang (on his right).

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