Malaysia Airlines transporting Covid-19 medical experts from China

Members of the Chinese medical team checking-in for their flight to Kuching. — Malaysia Airlines

Malaysia Airlines recently transported medical experts who aim to share their expertise in dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic in Malaysia.

The medical experts from Guangdong province, were recommended by China’s National Health Commission. They arrived in Kuala Lumpur on April 19, to help evaluate the local hospital services and provide first-hand advice on the best way to address the health crisis.

The group were ferried from KL to Kuching, Sarawak on flight MH2536.

"Especially in times of crisis, we must prioritise doing our best to address the management of the pandemic in the country, and as the national carrier, it means we carry an additional responsibility to go above and beyond the call of duty, ” said Malaysia Airlines group chief executive officer Captain Izham Ismail.

From Kuching, Malaysia Airlines will fly the contingent to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, before heading back to KL at the end of the month.

The team comprises eight delegates with specialists in respirology, intensive care, psychiatry, infectious diseases, data analysis, virology and traditional Chinese medicine.

Airlines under the Malaysia Aviation Group – Malaysia Airlines, MABkargo, MASwings and Firefly – are supporting the Heath Ministry with movement of health equipment and supplies as well as offering to fly medical staff across its domestic and international network including rural areas within Sabah and Sarawak.

The airlines have also positioned standby aircraft at Subang Airport, KLIA and Kota Kinabalu International Airport to initiate rapid mobilisation of medical staff and professionals as well as other (non-Covid-19) patients.

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