Monday, January 15, 2007

Wanted - doctors, nurses, volunteers!

TWO YOUNG doctors and a volunteer took a drive to Johor yesterday and sent a plea after getting to Kota Tinggi, one of the worst-hit flood areas. Mikaeel, who accompanied Dr Rashidi dan Dr Yazid, sent me a text message pleading for more help in flood relief work.

The three of them, representing non-governmental organisation MedicAsia, reached Kota Tinggi after a careful drive on the North-South Highway, followed by two boat rides courtesy of the Army. Bringing some medicines and a big desire to help the flood victims, the three young volunteers realised that they much to do.

The two doctors, for your information, took time off from their work at HUSM in Kelantan to join the on-going relief effort.

MedicAsia is calling medical doctors and those trained in healthcare to come forward and lend a hand. The NGO is also working with Yayasan Salam and members of the 4x4 club in providing relief to flood victims. The advantage of working with a small NGO is clear - decision making is fast. They are nimble and can move without too much hassle.

Those who wish to render their services can register here or e mail Please remember that is a voluntary exercise and not a tour of flooded areas. If you have some experience in disaster management, that will be an advantage.

Our fellow countrymen are in need of dire help. Let's lend them a hand.

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