Govt to import 10 million face masks

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 22 Mar 2020

PETALING JAYA: The government will import 10 million face masks from China to overcome the lack of supplies in the country, says Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof.

The import, said Fadillah, would be coordinated by the Transport Ministry which would be working together with an airline to bring the supplies in.

He said upon reaching Malaysia, the supplies would then be handled by the National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma).

“They (Nadma) will be in charge of the distribution and the priority for these face masks will be for the frontliners, ” he said during a live telecast of the press conference on RTM yesterday.

The frontliners, he said, would comprise doctors, nurses, the police, officers in the Immigration Department as well as those in the army involved in the Covid-19 fight.

Any excess would then be distributed in the market, added Fadillah.

“Nadma will work together with Pharmaniaga to distribute the face masks in the market for the public.”

He added that the decision to import 10 million face masks from China was made during the National Security Council (NSC) meeting chaired by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, and attended by all state Mentris Besar, Chief Ministers and federal ministers on Friday.

On another matter, Fadillah urged those who were ill to be honest and declare if they had been in contact with a positive Covid-19 patient to prevent frontliners such as doctors and nurses from being exposed to the virus.

He said the police could take legal action against them should they fail to do so.

“If you come to the hospital, please inform the doctors and nurses that you have been in close contact with a positive Covid-19 patient.

“If you do not, then you are exposing frontliners to Covid-19 infection.

“We do not want a situation where the hospital is unable to help us because all doctors and nurses have been infected, ” he said.

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