Naim donates RM200,000 to SGH

KUCHING: Naim Group of Companies, one of Malaysia’s leading developers and contractors contributed RM200,000 to Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) in aid of the hospital’s purchase of ophthalmology equipment.

The mock cheque for the contribution was handed over in a simple ceremony by Naim’s Board member Datu (Dr) Haji Abdul Rashid Mohd Azis to SGH director, Dr Chin Zin Hing, witnessed by Datin Patinggi Dato Hajah Jamilah Haji Anu at Dewan Pesona, SGH here yesterday.

In a speech at the cermeony, Jamilah said the contribution would go a long way in helping eye patients from Sarawak in obtaining treatments.

“I understand that the contribution was the result of Naim’s 20th anniversary charity fund raising dinner held in Miri last year where our Chief Minister rendered a few songs in the spirit of charity.

“With the equipment available, our people will be able to obtain quality treatments without having to spend additional expenses for treatments outside the state,” she said.

Meanwhile, Rashid said that the contribution was part of the Group’s 20th anniversary corporate social responsibility (CSR) contributions.

“Naim has a very strong outreach programme, where we connect with sections of the community in need of assistance. We strongly believe in giving back to the society within which we operate. This is going beyond CSR- this is from our hearts driven by a passion to make a difference in people’s lives,” he said.

SGH Head of Ophthalmology Department, Dr Intan Gudom said there was an urgent need for equipment for ophthalmology surgery. The contribution will facilitate our purchase of various equipment, particularly the ‘Indirect Laser and ‘B-Scan’ equipment.

“Indirect Laser is used to check on the retina, especially of premature babies because development of the retina blood vessels is incomplete. We need to laser the area where there is no blood vessel otherwise bleeding and retinal detachment can develop which can cause blindness.

“The B-Scan equipment is used to remove cataract. Sometimes the premature babies develop cataract as well, so we need to remove the cataract-lens and replace it with artificial lens. If the view is blocked then we use this B-Scan to see the back of the eye, to see whether the retina is intact or not,” Dr Intan explained.

“Naim’s contribution will help us in providing more assistance to such patients. We thank Naim for this generous gesture,” said SGH director, Dr Chin Zin Hing.

Also present were director of Sarawak Heart Centre, Dr Asri Ariffin and Naim’s Head of Corporate Communications, Caroline Yeo.

  • SGH director Dr Chin Zin Hing (3rd left) receiving the donation in the form of a mock cheque from Naim’s board member Datu Abdul Rashid Mohd Azis (4th right) and Datin Patinggi Dato Jamilah Anu (5th right) while Naim Holdings Bhd corp-comm head Caroline Yeo (3rd right), SGH Ophthalmology head Dr Intan Gudom (4th left), SGH Heart Centre director, Dr Asri Riffin (5th left) and other SGH staffers look on. PHOTO: JOHN CHAN