IPOH: THE Rotary Club of Greentown (RCG) gave three paediatric cardiorespiratory care monitors to the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun, here, recently.
The monitors, which cost RM52,800, are for the management of critically-ill newborn infants and children.
The hospital has 10 existing units. It was brought to the Rotarians' attention that more were needed.
State Health Committee chairman Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon, the guest-of-honour at the presentation ceremony, urged non-governmental organisations to continue to carry out charity work in the state's healthcare sector.
"Young doctors and nurses must also extend their services by joining an NGO. This is because their medical knowledge are of great help in community work," he said.
Dr Mah pledged RM5,000 to RCG on behalf of the state government.
RCG president Datuk Dr Sushi Kumar Ratti said the club organised numerous projects which benefited the community annually.
The funds raised by RCG are matched by their partner club, the Rotary Club of Bangalore Peenya, District 3190, India. Rotary District 3300, Malaysia and the Rotary Foundation also made contributions.
The hospital's director Dr Raja Lope Ahmad Raja Arriffin said the paediatric ICU service was started in 2009 to provide healthcare for critically-ill children.
"The unit has recorded 687 newborns admitted to ICU, and 483 children required respiratory support with ventilation," he said.
Also present were the hospital's paediatric department head Datuk Dr Amar Singh, Rotary district governor, district 3300 Dr Raveendra Kumar and RCI event chairperson Dr Fauziah Khairuddin.