By ILONA ANDREW
KOTA KINABALU: Singapore’s Temasek Foundation has stepped forward with another batch of medical donations, this time consisting of 25 units of oxygen concentrator, a medical-grade non-invasive breathing aid useful in treating patients with respiratory conditions.
The medical aid will be distributed to hospitals across Sabah as per their requirements and needs based on the survey form they submitted, said Health and People’s Well-being Minister Datuk Frankie Poon.
“On April 9, the foundation had handed over a total of 25 Fortitude Test Kits which are good enough to run an equivalent of 5,000 Covid-19 tests, while 50 more Fortitude Test Kits were donated slightly two weeks ago, providing for an equivalent of 10,000 tests.
“The test kits donated by Temasek Foundation has helped us tremendously in conducting the targeted Covid-19 screening exercises in Sabah,” he said after receiving the aid at the State Health Department here, Thursday.
At the handing over which was also attended by State Health Director Datuk Dr Christina Rundi, Poon thanked the foundation for its continuous support in providing the much needed medical equipment.
“Based on our engagement with Temasek Foundation recently, we can expect more medical assistance this month,” he disclosed.
Poon also advised the public to continue being vigilant and not take safety measures for granted although the current Covid-19 situation in the state seems under control.
“With greater relaxation of business operations and easing of movement and travel restrictions under the recovery movement control order (RMCO), we must continue to exercise self-discipline by observing social distancing, avoiding close contact and confined or crowded places, as well as maintaining good personal hygiene.
“When using face masks, be mindful of the need to dispose the used face mask properly so that it will not become a health hazard to others.
“It is everyone’s responsibility to strictly comply with the relevant standard operating procedures (SOPs) and practice the new normal in their daily routine to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.”