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M'sia has only 2 weeks' supply of personal protective equipment, says country's health chief

PUTRAJAYA — There is only a two-week supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) left to be distributed to all hospitals in Malaysia, the country’s Health Ministry said on Monday (April 13), calling for donations.

M'sia has only 2 weeks' supply of personal protective equipment, says country's health chief

Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the supply of PPE to protect frontline personnel was still needed as it was one of the disposable items used daily.

PUTRAJAYA — There is only a two-week supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) left to be distributed to all hospitals in Malaysia, the country’s Health Ministry said on Monday (April 13), calling for donations.

Malaysia’s health director-general Noor Hisham Abdullah told the media during his daily Covid-19 update that equipment to protect frontline personnel was still needed as it was among the disposable items used daily, Bernama reported.  

“The use of PPE has risen by two to 10 times more than the normal consumption,” he said. 

He added that PPE was used daily, in contrast to ventilators which have thus far been sufficient. 

“We have enough ventilators, there are 956 units, and there is no need for more ventilators. But not so with the PPE. If NGOs (non-governmental organisations) want to donate, please donate PPE to us. We are still welcoming PPE donations,” he said. 

“What is important is that we have to continue to procure the PPE. So far, we have enough to last for at least another two weeks,” he said.

He added that the ministry has continued procuring PPE and would distribute them to Malaysian states and hospitals. AGENCIES

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