Church donates PPE to state general hospital


Poh (centre) handing over the PPE to Sarawak General Hospital, witnessed by Dr Sim (second from right) and Dr Ngian (second from left).

THE Catholic Church in Sarawak has donated personal protective equipment (PPE) to medical frontliners in the fight against Covid-19.

Archbishop of Kuching Simon Poh handed over the PPE, comprising 10, 000 face masks and 6, 200 isolation gowns, to Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) in Kuching.

“We want to contribute towards protecting our medical personnel, ” he said at the handover, witnessed by Sarawak Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian and SGH director Dr Ngian Hie Ung.

Poh said he had made an appeal through the church’s live-streamed Sunday masses to procure the PPE for use in hospitals since the pandemic hit the state last year.

“With the generous contributions from Catholics and friends throughout Sarawak, Malaysia and overseas, we were able to raise funds to procure the KN95 face mask and medical gowns for the hospital.

“Together with Bishop Joseph Hii of Sibu and Bishop Richard Ng of Miri, this is our small gesture of support and prayer for the safety of our medical frontliners during this period, ” he added.

Poh also reminded the public to observe the standard operating procedure, wear masks at all times and minimise points of contact and social circles.

“By working together, we can flatten the infection curve in Sarawak, ” he said.

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