Acting as a platform to raise funds for the Paediatric Cancer Care Unit of Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun (HRPB), International Ipoh Fashion Week 2017 (IIFW ‘17) managed to collect RM50,000 for the above-mentioned unit, through their three-day showcase held recently in Ipoh.
Five pieces of specialised equipment were handed over during a ceremony that was held at Ambulatory Care Centre (Day Care Centre) of HRPB on Tuesday, December 5.
According to IIFW founder Louis Sebastian, the appeal for support from all parties as part of the ticket table sales and personal donations, contributed during the IIFW ‘17, has certainly enabled his team to make a valuable contribution to the hospital.
“To ensure that we ourselves are above board and guarantee that the amount we’ve collected in donations is unquestionably for Paediatric Cancer Care Unit, we’ve gone ahead with the advice from hospital to purchase the exact equipment required for them,” he said in his speech.
The equipment includes a unit of Four Channel Patient Monitor that can help to closely observe critically ill patients as well as free nurses to do more nursing care, two units of Syringe Perfusors that can assist in delivering precise, small volumes of chemotherapy drugs in a controlled fashion and two Volumetric Perfusors that accurately deliver drugs and fluids over a longer period of time.
Senior Consultant Paediatrician, Head Paediatric Department of HRPB and Head Clinical Research Center Perak, Dato’ Dr Amar Singh HSS, who was also present during the ceremony, said all this equipment amounting to RM50,000 will enhance the services and improve care delivered to children with cancer.
“Although treatment costs to patients are minimal, with the majority covered by the government, families and their work is disrupted and there’s a need for much travel.
“In the first year of treatment, the care, treatment and visits are intense. This requires close monitoring and appropriate and adequate equipment such as Volumetric Perfusors, Syringe Perfusors, 4-6 Channel Monitors and Automated Blood Analysers are needed,” he added.