Mon Space Group has donated a brand new super-sized ambulance to St. John’s Ambulance Malaysia (SJAM) to cater to the needs of obese patients. This is the first ambulance of its kind in Malaysia.
Dato’ Sri Jessy Lai, CEO of Mon Space Group, says that the addition of this super-sized ambulance to SJAM could save lives by making sure obese patients are able to get to the hospital on time during emergencies, and avoid the need to mobilise lorries or fire engines.
Vehicles such as this, known as ‘bariatric ambulances’, have larger doors and more space inside. The ambulance is also fitted with a specially-strengthened and motorised stretcher, which can take extra weight and make moving patients easier. The vehicle also comes with wider ramps.
The launch of this new ambulance worth RM1 million was held yesterday. SJAM also announced that Dato’ Sri Jessy Lai will donate another ambulance by this year.
According to the National Health and Morbidity Survey of 2015, obese Malaysians make up 17.7 per cent of the population while those who are overweight make up 30 per cent. Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam has given warning that the country is in the midst of an obesity epidemic. Statistically, Malaysia is the most obese country in Asia with an obesity rate of more than 45.3% (BMI more than 25), according to British medical journal, The Lancet.
As the rate of obesity continues to rise, the dimensions of conventional ambulances are no longer able to accommodate bigger patients. This is rather problematic, because obese people are often more likely to need ambulance service due to health issues associated with weight.
Currently, obese patients have to depend on other vehicles such as lorries or even fire engines to bring them to hospitals. In April, a 250-kg man from Kampung Tanjung Gelam had to be transported by lorry to a hospital after suffering from a tummy ache and breathing difficulties. It took six personnel from the Civil Defence Department and 30 minutes just to move 28-year-old Mohamad Faisal Md Ali from his house to the lorry.
Earlier in February, firemen were mobilised to move an immobile, obese 60-year-old woman to Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital. Zubidah Udin, who weighs about 250 kg, was brought to the hospital from her home in Simpang Pulai. The patient was also required immediate treatment by the ambulance staff before she was taken to hospital for further treatment.
“The ambulance is not only built for obese patients. It also provides a better and bigger space for staff to work in.” says CEO and philanthropist Dato’ Sri Jessy Lai.
SJAM and the medical community are celebrating this milestone in Malaysia’s healthcare services.
“Ambulances are complicated vehicles and paramedics need safe, working tools to be able to help patients. It is also important for us to properly address the needs of obese patients in this country.” said one healthcare professional when interviewed.
The official launch of Malaysia’s first bariatric ambulance was graced by Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah, the Sultan of Selangor.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Mon Space集团爱心捐赠 雪州圣约翰引进全马首辆超重病患救护车
Mon Space集团于星期日受邀出席一项由雪兰莪圣约翰救伤队（St. John’s Ambulance Malaysia State of Selangor ）所主办的全马第一辆肥胖病人特殊救伤车（Launching of 1st Bariatric Ambulance in Malaysia）推介礼，而Mon Space集团是该辆肥胖病人特殊救伤车的捐赠者。
根据2015年国家健康与发病率调查（National Health and Morbidity Survey of 2015）显示，肥胖人士占大马人口的17.7%，而超重人士则占了30%。早前，卫生部长拿督斯里苏巴马廉博士（Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam）透露，随着我国的肥胖症与日俱增，越来越多的国人患上糖尿病和高胆固醇。
Mon Space集团总裁拿督斯里赖彩云博士（Dato’ Sri Jessy Lai）表示，该辆全马第一辆肥胖病人特殊救伤车能帮助圣约翰救伤队拯救更多肥胖人士的性命，无需在病况危急时，依赖罗厘以及消防车载送。
而这一辆全马第一辆专为肥胖病患设计的救伤车被列入了大马纪录大全（Malaysian Book of Records）。此外，雪州滨海区救伤队也获得最长时间救伤车服务以及最多救伤车队的大马记录殊荣。
雪州圣约翰救伤队邀请了尊贵的雪兰莪苏丹沙拉夫丁陛下（Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Al-Haj）为全马第一辆肥胖病人特殊救护车推介礼主持开幕。[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]