Wan Hashim (second left) presents the body bag to Dr Hayati.

KUCHING: Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) remains committed to aiding public hospitals in their fight to contain Covid-19.

Last Tuesday, the varsity donated 10 body bags to Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) to be used in managing the remains of Covid-19 patients.

Unimas deputy vice-chancellor (Research and Innovation) Professor Dr Wan Hashim Wan Ibrahim said the contribution by the varsity is to help the state government in supporting the frontliners amid the pandemic.

He said besides the donation, Unimas also set up a Covid-19 fund where it will be used to invent personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontliners at public and private hospitals.

The Body Enclosure for Corpse.

“One of the products that is developed by Unimas is ‘Body Enclosure for Corpse’, which was started by researchers from Unimas’ Institute of Creative Arts and Technology (iCreate Unimas),” he said.

Wan Hashim said the product had been in the works since 2016, while in 2017, a similar product, called the “Smart Soft Stretcher”, was also developed which won second place at Malaysia Commercialisation Year (MCY 2017) for the social entrepreneur category.

SGH deputy director Dr Hayati Ja’afar, who received the donation on behalf of the hospital, thanked Unimas for its role in allowing better management of the Covid-19 patients’ remains.

She said since the movement control order (MCO), Unimas has donated various items including intubation boxes, hand sanitisers, face shield and face masks for frontliners at SGH.

Dr Hayati hoped that Unimas would continue to work with SGH in containing the Covid-19 pandemic and that more agencies will aid SGH for the same purpose.