RM2 mln for PCR test labs

Sim (second right) during his visit to SGH on Saturday

KUCHING: A total of RM2 million has been set aside by the state government to fund for the setting up of molecular labs in Limbang and Kapit.

Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian in revealing this said the molecular labs will enable local Covid-19 testing.

“Though health is under the federal list, with Sarawakians lives at stake, the Sarawak government had helped fund the setting up the molecular labs.

“A total of RM1 million each was given to Limbang and Kapit to enable polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests for Covid-19 at the local hospitals,” he said in a statement today.

Dr Sim said the state government had also helped to facilitate the PCR testing in Sibu by paying for it to be processed in Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas), Borneo Medical Centre (BMC) and Gribbles.

“With this arrangement between public and private testing facilities, Sarawak will be able to do more than 6,000 PCR tests for Covid-19 per day,” he said.

Earlier yesterday, the Batu Kawa assemblyman and Sarawak Health Department director Dr Chin Zin Hing visited Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) to inspect on the progress of its PCR testing lab and upgrade to the intensive care unit (ICU).

“We thank the health ministry for allocating RM21 million for upgrade of facilities, equipment and reagents for the various labs at the ministry’s hospitals in Sarawak for PCR testing in view of the surge in cases recently,” he said.

Dr Sim said the ministry also allocated a total of RM36 million to fund for 29 ICU beds as well as accessories and equipment for its hospitals in Sibu, Bintulu, Miri and Limbang.