KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah government today received several medical equipment including face masks from the Chinese government that were flown in on a chartered flight.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said that the medical equipment would be distributed to the front liners including doctors and nurses who were tasked to combat the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak in the state.
“This assistance is the result of collaboration between Chinese Consulate General in Kota Kinabalu and Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Christina Liew.
“We have informed Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein on this matter including medical experts’ assistance from China.
“The medical expert assistance is to enable doctors and nurses to be trained on handling this problem (COVID-19),” he said in a press conference here.
Earlier Mohd Shafie received the equipment from Consul General Liang Caide at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport’s Terminal Two.
Commenting on the shortage of COVID-19 reagents in Sabah, Mohd Shafie said he would be working closely with the Ministry of Health, in particular the Sabah Health Department to find out what the state government needed.
Recently, Sabah Health director Datuk Dr Christina Rundi announced that the Kota Kinabalu Health Laboratory could no longer carry out the COVID-19 test due to shortage of reagents.
Commenting on the COVID-19 situation in Sabah, Mohd Shafie said the situation was still under control, however, he reminded the people to obey the Movement Control Order (MCO) to ensure the outbreak could be fully addressed.
Meanwhile, Liang expressed his hope that the the medical supplies would help Sabah in the fight against COVID-19 and it was also as an appreciation to Sabah government and its people.
“When China faces difficult times in the fight against COVID-19, we received invaluable support from the Sabah government and its people,” he said, adding that the other assistance would be delivered in stages.