Sabah seeking solutions to overcome shortage of Covid-19 reagents


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 29 Mar 2020

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah is working with the state health authorities to address a shortage of test reagents, which is stalling the pace of Covid-19 tests in the state, says Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal (pic).

The Chief Minister said that he had discussed this and other issues with the Sabah Health Department director and Health Ministry director-general Datuk Noor Hisham Abdullah.

"We are working closely and have indicated our support to acquire them (reagents)... These items are only available in China," he told reporters after receiving medical supplies donated by China for frontliners at the airport's Terminal 2 here on Sunday (March 29).

As of Saturday (March 28), there are 197 positive Covid-19 cases and one death in Sabah. There are no new cases on Sunday.

Tawau on the East coast is considered a red zone.

On the poor conditions at some quarantine centres in Sabah, Shafie said the state Health Department was rectifying the

problem and was working to prepare some hotels to be used as quarantine centres.

Shafie believed that Sabah was in a position to curb the spread of the virus but hoped everyone played their part and adhere to the movement control order (MCO).

He said the use of the hotels would be subject to some costs for those quarantined, but believed that their family members would be willing to pay for such facilities.

On NGOs who wanted to send food assistance, he said they should use the current government mechanism to send it in.

He said the state government did not want too much movement between districts.

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