KUALA LUMPUR – “How sad and sorrowful I was to hear their cries, it really touched the hearts and souls of every human being.”
That was how the Director-General of Health Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah described his feeling after accompanying Health Minister Datuk Seri S. Subramaniam to visit observe the process of transferring patients trapped at Kuala Krai Hospital due to floods, yesterday.
Sharing his experience on Facebook, Datuk Dr Noor Hisham said he was touched by the sincerity and pure dedication of the medical staff at the hospital who still managed to provide the best of care to the patients.
“The Health Ministry’s staff who have been working non-stop for the past five days (without electricity and water supply) numbered 180 and their faces showed that they were extremely tired, but also curious about so many things.
“They were worried, scared and curious about their own family members and houses affected by the floods, but they were still willing to help others,” he said.
He said the hospital staff had managed to transfer 38 critical patients Universiti Sains Malaysia Hospital (HUSM) in Kubang Kerian via helicopters, including some who required respiratory aid.
“Initial actions taken by the ministry were to ensure that the hospital could function properly. This was done by sending 1,000 litres of diesel to power up the generators, as Tenaga Nasional Berhad had cut the power supply due to floods,” he added. – Bernama