Petronas corporate social responsibility division, Yayasan Petronas, is contributing medical equipment and supplies worth 20 million ringgit ($4.51 million) to help hospitals and frontline healthcare workers to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus in Malaysia.

The contribution will be carried out in stages, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and the National Disaster Management Agency, Yayasan Petronas said in a statement.

The ministry and the agency will be channelling the critical medical equipment and supplies — including ventilators, hospital beds and mattresses, thermal imaging cameras, digital thermometers, virus testing kits, masks and personal protective equipment — to gazetted hospitals for Covid-19 and quarantine centres.

Hand sanitisers will also be provided to senior citizens at selected homes, said Yayasan Petronas.

Chief executive Lita Osman said the foundation is truly grateful to health workers and enforcement personnel who are working hard to stop the pandemic.

“They need all the help they can get, particularly as there are more than a thousand patients currently in treatment,” said Lita.

“Together, Yayasan Petronas is working with the government agencies to provide support at a time when the community needs it most. Our effort also reflects Petronas’ commitment towards improving the wellbeing of society,” she added.

As of Tuesday 24 March, Malaysia had 1624 reported cases of Covid-19 and 106 deaths from the virus, according to www.worldmeters.info/coronavirus.