UMS labs ready to help state Health Dept test for Covid-19


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  • Thursday, 02 Apr 2020

Prof Dr Taufiq Yap Yun Hin has been appointed Universiti Malaysia Sabah vice-chancellor effective July 30, 2019.

KOTA KINABALU: Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) is all set to receive swab samples for tests and detection to assist state health authorities in its fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

UMS vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Taufiq Yap Yun Hin said their labs and personnels were ready and expected to start receiving samples from the Sabah Health Department by mid-April.

“We have the equipment, labs, and trained personnel to do this without having to add any costs to existing university operations,” he said.

He said this after receiving funds from the state government for the use of students having to observe the movement control order (MCO) in their hostels.

The university’s Biotechnology Research Institute (IPB) will be in charge of processing samples.

In thanking the state government and Sabah Credit Corporation for their assistance, Prof Taufiq said UMS would make sure that food and other necessities are enough for those forced to stay in their hostels throughout this period.

Earlier, Sabah Education and Innovation Minister Datuk Dr Yusof Yacob said the ministry, together with the state government, would continue assisting Sabah students outside the state and stranded students in the state regardless of their nationality throughout this MCO.

He urged all students to observe the MCO and to work together with the government to break the chain of the Covid-19 virus transmission in Malaysia.

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