Covid-19 Experts From China Arrive In Sabah Tomorrow

By ILONA ANDREW
KOTA KINABALU: A team of medical consultant experts from China will arrive in Sabah tomorrow evening to share China’s experience in combating the Covid-19 pandemic.

The team comprising eight medical professionals have spent two days in Sarawak after a hectic week in the peninsula during which they visited designated hospitals and related research institutes to treat Covid-19 patients.

Speaking to reporters on Monday, Minister of Health and People’s Wellbeing Datuk Frankie Poon said the experts will share information and exchange ideas with the local health personnel.

“We will be learning from them on whatever concerns or questions there are from the health director and those dealing with Covid-19,” he said after receiving medical supplies from the Ma-Zhong Friendship Association Sabah at Wisma Tun Fuad Stephens, here. Also present was China’s consul-general in Kota Kinabalu, Liang Caide.

The second batch of aid worth a total of RM150,000 consists of 48,000 three-ply face masks, 2,000 KN95 face masks, 900 N95 face masks, and five frontal temperature measurement guns.

The first batch which consisted of 10,000 three-ply face masks, 5,000 N95 face masks, and 400 KN95 face masks were handed over to Poon on April 9. The items were given to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Meanwhile, Poon said students coming back to Sabah from Sarawak and the peninsula would need to undergo a 14-day isolation at the quarantine centres.

This also applies to those who have been to other countries in the last 14 days before arriving in Sabah.

The minister reminded the public not to be complacent in view of the decreasing number of new positive Covid-19 cases in the state.

“We have to understand that there are people who are asymptomatic… By right, whoever has the virus would show symptoms in 14 days, or at least 42, if not 28. If they are asymptomatic, they could unknowingly pass it to another person.

“Therefore, I urge the public not to be too relaxed but continue practising personal hygiene instead… This is something that we must take very seriously,” he stressed.