SEPANG – Kelab Putera 1Malaysia (KP1M) will soon send a follow-up aid mission to help Nepali citizens affected by last month’s devastating earthquake.
KP1M President Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim said the aid mission would take off after a discussion with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who is the patron of KP1M and Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam.
He said among items needed by the victims were mattress, blankets, tents, medicine, wheelchairs and orthopedic related goods.
“I will conduct a post-mortem next week and after that, we will purchase the items requested by the Nepal government and deliver it in the near future. In this second mission, KP1M will only make deliveries to Kathmandu based on a list provided by the medical team leader Datuk Dr Alwi Abdul Rahman to me,” he said after welcoming 26 individuals under the UMNO Welfare Bureau and KP1M humanitarian aid mission at the KL International Airport here today.
The mission comprising 18 medical specialists and eight members of the media left for Kathmandu on May 3, taking medication, surgery equipment, vaccines and painkillers worth US$150,000 (about RM539,000) for Nepali citizens affected by the recent 7.9-magnitude earthquake.
Meanwhile, Dr Alwi said the situation in Nepal now focused on three issues or 3R namely rebuild, resend home patients to their respective villages and rehabilitation.
“There are not enough beds in hospitals and patients had to be placed at the corridors. The patients also need additional medication, orthopedic implants and so forth.
“KP1M has also sent food stuff like rice, dal bean and blankets for winter preparations to a village located on the hill, and we are the first volunteers to arrive at that place,” he said.
Citing local newspaper, Kathmandu Post, Dr Alwi said the search mission in Nepal was focusing on the range of Himalayas since many bodies have not been found based on the registration to climb Mount Everest.
Based on reports, the earthquake that devastated Kathmandu and other towns in Nepal killed at least 7,621 people and injured 26,000. – BERNAMA