Assistance pours in for medical frontliners

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 01 Apr 2020

KOTA KINABALU: Help and appreciation is pouring in for the teams of medical frontliners battling the Covid-19 threat spreading across the state.

From individuals contributing small sums of money to NGOs providing help, people in Sabah are showing their support for medical personnel working around the clock.

Even the security forces pitched in, with the Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) personnel cooking "bubur lambuk" for staff in the hospitals, clinics and health offices, as well as for those manning roadblocks.

Besides food, people contribute face masks, protective gear and even bottles of mineral water.

"We value everyone's contribution. We are thankful for the support," said Sabah Health Department director Datuk Christina Rundi.

She said material support — whether this be food, protective medical equipment or just moral support — for the medical teams was very much appreciated.

Dr Rundi said over 163 individuals, companies, NGOs, associations and political parties had come forward to give assistance.

She said Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd also contributed RM1mil for the purchase of medical equipment and other essentials.

She also expressed hopes that the people would "help" by observing the guidelines set under the movement control order (MCO) and take extra care of personal hygiene.

The state government has given RM1mil each to the 10 government frontline organisations for food assistance. They include the health department, police, Immigration and Rela.

As of Tuesday, Sabah recorded 206 Covid-19 positive cases, with Tawau leading at 63 cases, Lahad Datu (39), Kota Kinabalu (25), Sandakan (16), Kinabatangan (14) and Tuaran (12).

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