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Mohd Shafie and wife doing the gimmick to officially open the charity concert. SNT Pix/Credit Information Department

KOTA KINABALU: The State Government praised the Palliative Care Association (PCA) initiative for its effort in providing care for the terminally ill individuals in Sabah.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said the commitment and willingness of the members and volunteers of PCA are indeed commendable.

“I applaud the efforts of the members, volunteers and staff of the PCA not only for their willingness to support the association to provide palliative care to terminally ill individuals, but also to the team who worked hard to raise funds to enable the association to purchase the necessary items needed to run the PCA HomeCare Home.

Mohd Shafie speaking at the event. SNT Pix/Credit Information Department

“For an organisation to run successfully, it requires commitment and contribution, it is my hope that our society today are willing to generously support and contribute to the PCA in their effort to provide care to the terminally ill,” he said during PCA Annual Dinner, here last night.

Also present were Mohd Shafie’s wife, Datin Seri Shuryani Shuib; Deputy Chief Minister cum Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment, Datuk Christina Liew; Mayor of Kota Kinabalu, Datuk Yeo Boon Hai and President of PCA, Rokiah Ya’acob.

The annual dinner and show featured The Australian Bee Gees Tribute to Bee Gees and other performances.

In his speech, Mohd Shafie also said, charities exist because members and volunteers of an organisation believed in its importance.

However, he said as the country progress with time there will be challenges in the future, therefore charity organisations must be opened to partner, to share expertise and resources; to focus on the benefits that working together will bring.

Mohd Shafie and donors as well as invited guests in a group photo. SNT Pix/Credit Information Department

“The partnership between PCA, a Non-Governmental Organisation and Palliative Care Unit of Queen Elizabeth Hospital 1 in providing continuity of care from hospital to home and home to hospital has benefitted more than 3,500 patients and their families who needed this special care since 1998.

“I am happy to note that this model of healthcare delivery between a NGO and government hospital has proven to be very effective and beneficial to the community.

“I believe that the PCA is able to face any challenges of the future with great confidence because of the spirit of care which guides you and I can assure you that the State Government will continue to support this programme,” he said. – SabahNewsToday


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