SIBU Hospital is sending more than 1,000 samples a day to Kuala Lumpur for RT-PCR testing as it does not have enough machines for the test.
Bawang Assan SUPP chairman Senator Robert Lau Hui Yew said in a statement that the hospital currently has only two machines, one of which was donated by a private company.
“This has led to a delay in getting the test results in Sibu, ” he said.
A total of 51,640 swab tests were done from Jan 10 to Feb 16, which is an average of 1,435 tests per day.
Lau said the Federal Govern-ment did not supply more RT-PCR machines to Sibu Hospital as the number of Covid-19 cases was very low last year.
It was only after the Pasai Cluster was detected on Jan 8 that the number of positive cases rose.
“We had two machines in the second half of last year, including one from a foreign university, ” he said, adding that the machine had to be returned later.
“With only one machine and with the surge in cases, a request was made to the Federal Government for funding to buy another unit, ” said Lau, adding that approval would take some time.
Fortunately, a company came forward and the new machine arrived in December last year, he said. - By ANDY CHUA