BY: Rosli Mansor Ahmad Razali
Cameron Highland: Pantai Hospital Ipoh’s (PHI) efforts to preserve nature through the Tree Planting Programme in the Bukit Kinta Forest Reserve has been able to help the well-being of the global ecosystem from being threatened.
Chief Executive Officer of Pantai Ipoh Hospital, Chong Siet Fong said the organisation of the programme aims to limit carbon growth by 2025 and achieve zero carbon by 2050.
“This programme is a collaboration between PHI and the Perak State Forestry Department in supporting the government’s efforts to preserve the environment.
“A total of 60 people consisting of management, nurses and doctors have completed the planting of a total of 203 saplings.
“This programme is also an initiative in conjunction with International Nurses Day as a sign of appreciation to the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale, who was born in 1820, which is 203 years ago.
“In addition, we encourage the reduction of single-use plastic use to a level of 90% in non-clinical fields in Malaysia and Singapore by 2023,” she said in a media statement.
The programme was inaugurated by the Chairman of the Perak State Science, Environment and Green Technology Committee, YB Teh Kok Lim and the Deputy Development Director of the Perak State Forestry Department, Siti Dessyma Isnani.
In 2019, Pantai Hospital Ipoh received the IHH Quality Summit international award. As a result of that effort, there is no incidence of single-use plastic in their cafeteria and they have reduced the use of more than 1 ton of plastic to date.
According to her, the programme themed Care For Patient, People, Public, Planet is part of the PHI Sustainability Project.
“Pantai Hospital Ipoh is determined to be actively involved in preserving the environment and hopes to inspire others to participate in this good cause.
“In 2021, PHI won an award from the Malaysian Institute of Architects (PAM) for its efforts to recycle rainwater for watering trees,” she said.