10,000 more Covid-19 antigen test kits for Sabah


  • Metro News
  • Saturday, 25 Apr 2020

East Malaysia Planters Association's Thomas Lim (left) hands over Covid-19 extraction kits to Dr Joloris Dony (right) the director Sabah Public Health Laboratories.

KOTA KINABALU: A local non- governmental organisation is helping to source and supply another 10,000 Covid-19 antigen test kits for laboratories in Sabah.

Osimal Foundation chairman Tan Sri Richard Malanjum said that they have just placed an order for 4,000 kits which was expected to be in by the weekend and another 6,000 kits was due in a second shipment.

He said the demand for the antigen test kits were continuous as they were used by the labs carrying out tests round the clock on samples taken from all over the state, ” he added.

Osimal, a non-profit foundation, has been working closely with the state government and donors to coordinate purchases of medical equipment among others to meet the needs of the laboratories and hospitals in the state. The medical authorities here were seeking the more reliable Covid-19 antigen tests, Malanjum said, adding there was no request from the local medics for the rapid Covid 19 test kits.

“So far Osimal has not received any request from government hospitals yet for a rapid test kit, ” he said.

“We have a supplier for rapid test kits ready to help but so far, we were told it is not really reliable because even more advanced countries were still using the conventional PCR (polymerise chain reaction) method, ” he said.

Last month, 10,000 Covid-19 antigen test kits worth US$200,000 (about RM900,000) were brought in by Osimal through funding of the state government and a Johor based foundation.

On Tuesday, East Malaysia Planters Association donated 13,000 Covid 19 extraction kits worth RM100,000 for the Sabah Public Laboratory here.

“Osimal just facilitated for the planters association to buy the extraction kits and transport it to Sabah, ” said Malanjum, the former Chief Justice of Malaysia.

Among other efforts carried out by Osimal was to purchase personal protection suits, face masks and other medical equipment to help frontliners fighting the spread of Covid-19.

“We are constantly helping where we can.

“We have also been sending rations to poor families in rural areas of Sabah, if there is a request or we hear of the need of certain groups of people, ” he said.

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