UEM Edgenta to boost healthcare support in Malaysia, other regions via new partnerships
03 Feb 2023
UEM Edgenta Bhd, running true to form to its ‘Edgenta of the Future 2025’ growth agenda in the healthcare support, infrastructure and technology sectors, has entered into three partnerships to help improve the level of Malaysia’s healthcare system to global standards and to strengthen the company’s presence in healthcare support locally and internationally.
Through its Healthcare Support division, the asset management and infrastructure solutions-based company on Friday signed three Memoranda of Business Exploration (MOBE) with WAS, a German-based company that makes special vehicles and ambulances, First Ambulance Services and Optima Electro Hydraulic Ltd Co (Optima Technic) at the Arab Health 2023 exhibition in Dubai.
Since its inception, Edgenta Healthcare Support has been providing non-clinical healthcare support to more than 300 hospitals in Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, and India.
WAS is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of special vehicles and ambulances with more than 20 years of experience.
UEM Edgenta is taking advantage of WAS’s technological advances and innovative concepts for ambulances and patient transport vehicles as the latter provides emergency services with safer, more efficient and enhanced user-friendly emergency vehicles to offer better emergency services.
First Ambulance Services is a Malaysian private ambulance outfit, providing integrated, high quality, pre-hospital emergency and medical care, patient transport and medical retrieval services to the Malaysian community, offering fully integrated turnkey solutions for hospital-based smart ambulance services.
Optima Technic, a Turkey-based company, provides various economical mobile solutions in furnishing mobile hospital solutions, mobile military solutions, and designing and manufacturing of mobile engineering solutions and mobile commercial solutions.
UEM Edgenta managing director/chief executive officer Syahrunizam Samsudin said the partnerships with WAS and First Ambulance are aimed at uplifting healthcare services in Malaysia and other regions simultaneously.
“We hope to elevate the country’s healthcare system to be on par with global standards.
“Our combined expertise in healthcare services, digital healthcare and asset management technology will enable us to enhance our healthcare system and improve patient journey, to support Malaysia’s Ministry of Health’s vision, as well as in other regions, mainly the Middle East, Asia, and other countries globally,” he said in a statement here.
As part of Edgenta’s commitment in delivering environmental, social and governance initiatives, Syahrunizam said the company was also exploring the potential of electric vehicle ambulance, in line with the launch of Vision 2030 by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the kingdom’s commitment towards reducing carbon emissions.
“This is a step forward in UEM Edgenta’s continuous aspiration to provide integrated and high-quality emergency medical services, towards a better patient-centric care ecosystem,” he said.
On its partnership with Optima Technic, Syahrunizam said this would help UEM Edgenta to provide better access to safer and fast-built facilities, in line with its healthcare infrastructure upgrade for rural and remote areas where communities lacked basic access to essential health.
Also present at the signing ceremony were UEM Edgenta chief strategy officer Rais Imran, UEM Edgenta chief financial officer Hillary Chua, Edgenta Mediserve MD Shaiful Subhan, Operon Middle East general manager Derrick Wong, WAS MD/CSO Andreas Plöger, First Ambulance Services MD Steven Penafort, and Optima Technic CEO Ismail Tamer.
The Consul General of Malaysia to the United Arab Emirates Fadly Amri, Khazanah Nasional’s Asrul Ab Rahim, Malaysian Investment Development Authority, Dubai, director, Abdul Mukti Abu Bakar, and Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE) trade commissioner Megat Iskandar Ahmad Dassilah witnessed the MOBE signing.