KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian glove makers have received an urgent request from China for more medical gloves following the outbreak of the coronavirus which started in Wuhan, China which has killed over 100 people.
The President of the Malaysian Rubber Glove Manufacturers Association (MARGMA), Denis Low said on Tuesday the industry would do its utmost best to ensure an adequate supply of medical gloves to the world are met.
“In particular, China is now requesting for more urgent shipments and we believe our members have already obliged and are ramping up production to meet the request from China, ” he said.
Reuters reported the death toll from the virus has climbed to 106 in China and cases are being reported in a growing number of other countries.
The World Health Organisation's director-general said on Tuesday he is confident in China's ability to control and contain the spread of a new coronavirus, according to state news agency Xinhua.
At a meeting with authorities in Beijing, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said he approved of the Chinese government's measures to curb the outbreak so far, Xinhua reported.
Low said following reports about the cases reported in other countries, there was a heightened cautiousness and healthcare officials are demanding for sufficient medicines and protective devices such as medical gloves to be made
available in order to counter the coronavirus spread.
“Margma believes that demand for gloves will inevitably shoot up (increase further) and has urged its members to give priority to those affected areas and countries. As a responsible industry player, we will do our part to ensure
adequate gloves reaches the affected people and territories, ” he added.
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