Sibu Hospital welcomes ultrasound machine in fight against Covid-19

SIBU, Apr 23: The many kind and generous souls in this town have been a blessing to the Sibu Hospital, says its director Dr Mohamad Ng Siah Huat.

“It’s heart-warming and very motivating to see that we are not alone in this fight against Covid-19 and that the people are with us too,” he said referring to the many contributions in various ways and means, that local folks have extended to the hospital.

Dr Mohamad said this when witnessing the handing over of an ultrasound machine for the ICU ward from Pansar.

Dr Mohamad said, the latest corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme by Pansar, was another shining example of how the corporate organisations here had responded so positively to the needs of the community.

“I would like to put on record my thanks to everyone who has made contributions to the Sibu Hospital and I can assure everyone, we will not let up in our fight against Covid -19. Please stay home and adhere to the advice from the relevant authorities,” he said.

Present to receive Pansar’s gift was Dr Betty Lee Leh Sieng, who heads the hospital’s anaesthesiology dept. She was equally grateful that her colleague Dr Toh Teck Hock had successfully reached out to corporate organisations and sought their kind assistance.

“Currently, the ICU of the hospital has only one functioning unit of the ultrasound machine that has to be shared. We certainly welcome this newest addition,” she said, noting that it would be used at the hospital’s intensive care unit (ICU).

Dispelling the common misconception that ultrasound machines were only for scanning pregnant women, Dr Lee said the equipment was actually for many other purposes.

“For example, it will enable us to quickly scan the patient’s internal organs to detect whether there are any anomalies. It is not an invasive procedure and it gives doctors an immediate insight,” she explained.

In the case of Covid-19, an ultrasound machine would enable doctors to get a more accurate and prompted diagnosis and detection of problems such as effusion, in patients with pneumonia.

Also, for those who were on ventilators, they may develop complications such as pneumothorax. And there are times they develop other problems such as kidney injuries.

And when such patients needed central line, peritoneal dialysis, the ultrasound machine would play a major role in locating the complications.

From the above examples, it could be seen that an ultrasound machine was extremely useful and important equipment in the hospital, she stressed.

In a related development, David Tai, Pansar’s general manager said the group would play its small part and continue to lend a helping hand to the brave front liners.

It had previously contributed infrared medical thermometers and sanitising gels to the hospital while lending a hand to the local BOMBA by contributing sanitising liquid for the latter’s disinfecting tasks. —DayakDaily

Tai (left) hands over the ultra sound scanner to Dr Betty Lee witness by Dr Mohamad Ng and Dr Toh Teck Hock (fifth and sixth from left).