UMS invents covid sampling chamber for JKNS


KOTA KINABALU: Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) handed over a ‘Covid Sampling Chamber’ (CSC) to the Sabah Health Department (JKNS) to obtain COVID-19 samples from individuals who are being tested or patients under investigation (PUI).

UMS vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Taufiq Yap Yun Hin said the CSC, invented by the university, was equipped with various features and could be used as a space to get samples of the virus.

He said among others, the chamber was air-tight to ensure that health workers were protected from contamination from the PUI.

“The nitrile gloves which are used can also be cleaned and disinfected after the samples are taken from the PUI.

“At the same time, it is easier to put on and take off the gloves when necessary,” he told reporters after handing over the CSC to JKNS director Datuk Dr Christina Rundi at the Luyang Health Centre here today.

Taufiq said the CSC which took a month to be completed at a cost of RM20,000 was mobile and could be easily transported to the desired place, while the walls were made of durable material and it was equipped with air-conditioning.

He added that UMS will be building four more CSC units.

Meanwhile, Dr Christina said the CSC would help lessen the need for health workers to put on personal protective equipment (PPE) as it was equipped with safety features.

She said previously, health workers in Sabah would use about 5,000 PPE every day.

“This invention will allow the health workers inside (the CSC) to be comfortable as they do not need to wear the full set of PPE, just the mask,” she said.