Volunteer doctors brave floods to help victims in hard-to-reach areas

The Star, 8 Dec 2013

PETALING JAYA: A group of volunteer doctors are urgently calling for assistance in their efforts to bring medical aid to flood-hit victims in Pahang.

“Currently, we are in immediate need of more medicine, supplies and financial donations. We also would like to convey the message to any medical practitioners out there who are interested in joining us,” said Dr S. Dhesi Baha Raja, Malaysian Integrated Medical Professionals Association (Mimpa) president.

The NGO comprises 25 doctors and specialists working in collaboration with aviation and pharmaceutical companies to provide medical assistance to individuals unable to reach medical centres.

“Mimpa goes into places inaccessible by road to reach patients who cannot travel. We are especially concerned about the plight of pregnant mothers, children and the elderly,” said Dhesi.

Affiliates Sabah Air, Sazma Aviation and Mycopter aviation services have agreed to provide free helicopter services while pharmaceutical companies Uzma, CCM and Deltaz are sponsoring much-needed medical supplies.

MIMPA has sent aid to Pahang, but is monitoring the situation in Terengganu.

As of now, about 40,000  people require medical assistance in Pahang, and Mimpa are covering 15,000 to 20,000 patients, said Dhesi.

All partner companies have also agreed to work in collaboration with MIMPA in the event of any future natural disasters.

“Our NGO focuses on the plight of Malaysians and to help them with medical situations.

“Any assistance to our current and future projects is most welcome,” said Dhesi.