PETALING JAYA: Sabah received a boost in its fight against the Covid-19 pandemic on Friday (Oct 30) as the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) deployed two aircraft to deliver 13 tonnes of critical equipment and supplies, while preacher Ebit Lew also did his part by sending supplies via a chartered Raya Airways aircraft.
“It is worrying to read about our brothers and sisters in Sabah," said Lew.
“Many have messaged and asked me to help. So, we are sending medical supplies there, ” he said on his Facebook page, adding that the items included PPE (personal protective equipment), glasses, face shield, face mask and shoe cover.
Meanwhile, the Health Ministry said an Airbus A400M military transporter departed from the RMAF airbase in Subang at 10am for Kuching (Sarawak), Tawau and Kota Kinabalu (Sabah), while a C-130 Hercules transport aircraft left half an hour later for Kota Kinabalu and Labuan.
“The mission today will take between eight to 10 hours for both flights, ” said the ministry on its Facebook page on Friday (Oct 30).
The A400M was loaded with ministry supplies, including 150 sets of PPE, 150 cartons of face shields, 50 cartons of coverall, 10 ward screens, 15 procedure trollies, 80 cartons of gowns and shoe covers, three biological safety cabinets, four boxes of red blood cells and three boxes of blood platelets.
“The aircraft was also loaded with 100 cartons of gloves from the International Trade and Industry Ministry, two cartons of shawl, five cartons of clothes and tools and prayer items from Yayasan Yayasan Amal Malaysia.
“Also, there were 44 cartons of face masks and PPE from the Defence Ministry and two ventilator units, 25 cartons of face masks and 22 cartons of hand sanitiser from Sunway Healthcare, ” it said.
The C-130H aircraft carried 400 sets of PPE, 50 cartons of face shields and coveralls from the Health Ministry.
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin inspected the preparations for both flights at the airbase here in the morning, accompanied by Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob and Health Minister Datuk Seri Adham Baba.
They were received by Air Force chief Lt Gen Tan Sri Ackbal Abdul Samad, who gave a briefing on the deployment of RMAF aircraft before checking out the process of loading the supplies into the aircraft, according to Bernama.
Muhyiddin expressed his gratitude to RMAF and other agencies on the frontline in the battle against the pandemic.
Between March 22 and Oct 27, the RMAF undertook a total of 17 flights to deliver aid, medical equipment and critical supplies weighing over 433 tonnes, the national news agency noted.
“In October, 471 samples were flown from Labuan, Kota Kinabalu and Tawau via RMAF aircraft to be tested in labs in the Peninsula.
“The RMAF also sent 68 health workers over to Tawau to help with the field hospital following the third wave of the pandemic.
“A total of 151 staff from the ministry’s mobilisation team have been deployed in Tawau and Kota Kinabalu, ” it added.