Penang allocates RM60,000 for 2,000 pieces daily for one month

  • Metro News
  • Friday, 03 Apr 2020

The Republic of China consul general to Penang Lu Shiwei (left) handing over face masks to state deputy health director Zubaidah Che Embee (second right). Witnessing the handover are Chow (second left) and Penang Hospital pharmacy officer Shirley Lim (right).

A LOCAL engineer and his team in Penang has improved on the ubiquitous face shield used by Covid-19 frontliners.

The new design is more comfortable to wear, easier to make and only costs RM1 apiece.

The innovation of Louis Ooi and his team received the recognition from specialists of Penang Hospital and the state government quickly got the face shield into production.

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the state had allocated RM60,000 to make 2,000 face shields daily for the next one month.

“Penang Hospital specialists found these shields more comfortable and easier to use, so we have quickly sponsored the cost and made the shields available for frontliners in all our government clinics, ” said Chow in his online Facebook message yesterday.

“I am proud of this achievement by our young engineers, whose talents were put to good use through the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) platform which is part of the state government’s Penang Science Cluster initiative, ” he added.

Chow also said the first batch of 200,000 surgical masks from the six million ordered had arrived and would be distributed to assemblymen, district offices and federal agencies who are the frontliners in the battle against Covid-19.

“The second batch will be here next week and it will be equally distributed to frontliners and those who urgently need it.”

Chow also said he received a report from Penang Water Supply Corporation (PBAPP) chief executive officer Datuk Jaseni Maidinsa, who had said the corporation will only carry out critical services 24/7 during the movement control order (MCO).

“Only raw water extraction, water treatment and distribution, pipe repair works and water supply reconnection will be carried out.

“PBAPP is optimising water releases from Ayer Itam and Teluk Bahang to ensure continuous water supply until the rainy season in April and May.

Chow added that PBAPP was working hard to ensure water supply for all Penangites. He requested everyone to use water wisely while washing hands frequently.

“The water is to be used to maintain good personal and home hygiene and together, we can stop the spread of Covid-19 in our state.”

Chow also thanked kind donors including the China’s consul-general to Penang, XSD International Paper and the government of Quangang District in Fujian Province for their contributions of much needed medical equipment to Penang.

Chow said he was informed by the state police chief that there were still arrests of individuals caught breaching the MCO and urged the people to obey instructions, remain indoors and practise social distancing.

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