MMA to govt: Allocate emergency funds, aid to help Sabah fight Covid-19


PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) has urged the government to speed up the allocation of emergency funds and all related aid needed to mitigate the Covid-19 situation in Sabah.

It said that massive financial aid from the government is needed to control the situation in Sabah, or there may be a total collapse of the healthcare system.

MMA president Datuk Dr M. Subramaniam said in a statement on Sunday (Oct 25) that more severe Covid-19 cases might increase, adding that Sabah's infection and death rate is many times above that of the rest of Malaysia.

Dr Subramaniam said widespread community transmission of Covid-19 may be rapidly escalating statewide and the daily numbers reported may be much less than actual numbers considering the delays in reporting test results, contact tracing and isolation of infected individuals.

He said the delay in the turnover time of testing severely affected the system's ability to trace close contacts of cases, isolating infected individuals and at the same time, preventing the further spread of the infections.

“Bed occupancy is reaching full capacity in most hospitals in Sabah and in some areas, less severe cases of Covid-19 have to be isolated and home treatment instituted, ” he said.

He also urged the government to consider engaging more help from public healthcare facilities from other states with low numbers of Covid-19 cases.

Dr Subramaniam said that a significant number of redeployments of medical staff from within the state instead of from other states may not increase Sabah's total healthcare workforce.

He added that Sabah only has nine public hospitals, with access to public healthcare for many Sabahans affected due to their vast land area, remote locations and unforgiving terrains.

Dr Subramaniam added there was no need to declare a national emergency as all other areas were still under control and should improve with current measures, with the exception of Sabah.

“We also strongly appeal to all leaders, regardless of political affiliations and the whole nation to come together for Sabah and do our best, ” said Dr Subramaniam

“Every minute of delay in this mission for Sabah is putting the whole nation at risk of an unmitigated national disaster that may go down as one of the darkest chapters since the birth of this nation, ” he added.

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