'Lifesaver Card' Vital During Emergencies
Card will contain medical details and emergency contact numbers of cardholder


SOMETIMES the smallest most insignificant things can save your life - such as a card.

On Saturday, the Malaysian Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association (MVFRA) launched the Emergency Data Card sponsored by Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) at the Atria Shopping Centre in Damansara Jaya.

This lifesaver card contains the medical details and emergency contact numbers of the cardholder.

The card is especially helpful in emergencies such as accidents and heart attacks as the information will enable emergency services personnel to obtain instant up-to-date information about accident victim.

The launch was officiated by Deputy Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr. Suleiman Mohamed.

"The Government and the Health Ministry fully supports the use of the Emergency Data Card," Suleiman said.

"It is imperative that every Malaysian has this card."

The card, a brainchild of MVFRA Volunteer Captain K. Balasupramaniam will be distributed to the public at t he Atria Shopping Centre at Damansara Jaya for the next three weeks before going nationwide.

The non-Government organization is hopping that the private sector would help fund the printing and the distribution of the cards.

"We hope the corporate sector can help us in ensuring that more Malaysians carry this card," said Balasupramaniam.

TNB's senior manager of the occupational safety and health department, Fazil Mat Zin said the card is useful for its workers as well.

"We will make sure that all TNB staff carry this card because it is useful for their safety," Fazil said.

"For instance, the knowledge of a worker suffering from epilepsy is crucial as it will help us make sure he will not be scaling electric poles."

Patricia Patrick, a worker at the Tasputra Perkim school for handicapped children, who attended the launch said: " The card is useful during emergencies. I am taking several home to give to every member of my family."

For a start, MVFRA is distributing 25,000 of the cards to Malaysian throughout the country.


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