Protective gear for frontliners to keep them safe

  • Metro News
  • Monday, 27 Apr 2020

SEB chairman Datuk Amar Abdul Hamed Sepawi (second from right) handing over the gloves and goggles to Uggah, while Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kian Hui (left) and Sharbini look on.

KUCHING: Various private sector organisations have been donating personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontliners in Sarawak through the state disaster management committee.

Among them are Sarawak Energy Bhd (SEB), which procured over one million disposable surgical masks, 20,000 KN95 respirators, 20,000 full-body medical protective clothing, 20,000 goggles and one million pairs of disposable gloves.

The items are arriving in two shipments, with the first batch of gloves and goggles handed over to the committee on April 22 for distribution across the state.

“Sarawak’s medical frontliners risk themselves every day and we want to help ensure that they remain as safe as possible.

“This shipment will boost Sarawak’s available supply of PPE, which are used in the thousands daily, ” SEB group chief executive Datuk Sharbini Suhaili said at the handover to Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah, who is the committee chairman.

OM Materials (Sarawak) Sdn Bhd, an associate company of Cahya Mata Sarawak Bhd (CMS), also donated RM1.4mil worth of PPE for government and medical frontliners.

The equipment included 10,000 disposable medical protective suits, 10,000 isolation gowns, 5,000 face shields and 5,000 safety goggles.

“The Covid-19 pandemic is a global crisis of an unprecedented scale. No countries are exempt and it has taken its toll on Sarawak.

“We are keen to assist the state government in containing the spread of this pandemic, ” OM Materials (Sarawak) executive chairman Low Ngee Tong said.

“We hope this contribution will help to ease the burden and lift the spirits of frontline workers who are treating Covid-19 suspected cases and patients, ” he added.

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