RM5 million worth of PPE arrive for frontliners

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KUCHING: More than RM5 million worth of personal protective equipment (PPE) arrived in Sarawak for the use of medical frontliners in their anti-pandemic fight.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said the shipment comprised 323,500 pieces of PPE which will be distributed to the State Health Department facilities.

Of the total, 145,000 are isolation gowns, 110,800 medical protective coveralls and 67,700 long sleeve gowns.

“Sarawak government has been proactive and is working with the State Health Department to ensure its most important resources, namely the medical frontliners are well protected in our Covid-19 fight,” he said in a Facebook post on Friday.

Dr Sim said this year, the Health Ministry (MOH) has allocated a total of RM35 million to be spent on PPEs while the Sarawak government has set aside an additional RM10 million for the purpose.

“Currently the average usage of PPE in Sarawak cost RM5 million a month and this has increased recently due to the spread of the Delta Covid-19 variant,” he said.

The Local Government and Housing Minister also thanked the logistics company for delivering the much-needed PPE from China and sending it to various other locations in the state.

“Last year, Sarawak government had to charter two wide body cargo jets for emergency air lift of the medical PPE from China to Sarawak after the usual MOH supplier was unable to fulfil their contract supply due to worldwide supply disruptions,” he added.

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