Protective gear and test kits for frontliners

Awang Tengah (centre) handing over the face masks to various recipients.

KUCHING: Sarawak’s timber industry has come forward to donate personal protective equipment (PPE) and Covid-19 test kits to frontliners in the state.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan said the Sarawak Timber Industry Development Corporation (STIDC) and Sarawak Timber Association (STA) were contributing the much-needed medical disposables worth RM2mil.

The PPE includes protective medical coveralls (5,000 pieces), isolation gowns (10,000), medical gloves (200 boxes), medical boot covers (10,000 pairs), medical goggles (5,000), face shields (5,000), KN95 medical protective masks (10,000), disposable medical masks (105,000) and medical head covers (10,000) as well as 10,000 Covid-19 test kits.

“These medical disposables are much needed and meaningful items to aid our frontline workers.

“In this unprecedented and challenging time faced by the world in fighting the spread of the global pandemic, we truly empathise with frontliners who put their lives on the line and work tirelessly in order to save lives and serve the public, ” Awang Tengah said when handing over face masks to various organisations here.

“We hope more organisations will come forward and contribute towards combating Covid-19. We are all in this together. Let us be united and pray that we will pull through this difficult time, becoming stronger and more resilient, ” he added.

The equipment is now on the way from China via sea cargo and is expected to arrive here on April 21. Immediately upon arrival, the items will be handed over to the state disaster management committee for delivery to the state Health Department.

Awang Tengah distributed 100,000 face masks to Normah Medical Specialist Centre, state disaster management committee, Urban Development and Natural Resources Ministry, International Trade and Industry, Industrial Terminal and Entrepreneur Development Ministry and STIDC subsidiaries.

The Satok, Kuala Rajang and Gedong elected representatives’ service centres also received masks.

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