The first batch of personal protection equipments (PPE) shipment for government hospitals in Sarawak from Shandong, China.

KUCHING: A total of 50,000 sets of personal protective equipment (PPE) has been ordered by the state government to ensure that frontliners do not run out of supply.

Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian in a Facebook post on Tuesday night said the equipment was ordered from Shandong, China.

Among the PPE ordered were disposable medical protective gowns, medical face shields, medical goggles, medical shoe covers and N95 respirator face masks.

“This is only possible with the close relationship and teamwork between the Chinese consulate-general in Kuching and Shandong provincial government, and the Sarawak Health Department and Sarawak government.

“The Sarawak Health Department is handling all the purchases and the Sarawak government just pays,” he said, adding that a sum of RM10 million has been allocated for the purchase of PPE.

Dr Sim added that the purchase was facilitated by the Chinese consulate-general in Kuching and Shandong provincial government.

“We may be from different agencies with different bosses, but all coming together because we love and care for Sarawakians and Sarawak,” he wrote.