Private hospitals urge govt to stop exports of masks

TheStar Tue, Mar 17, 2020 10:20am - 3 years View Original

Hospitals get ready: Women wearing protective masks cross a street in Kuala Lumpur. The APHM, which represents all the large private hospitals in Malaysia, is preparing for a possible drastic increase in the number of patients in the weeks ahead. — AP

PETALING JAYA: Private hospitals in Malaysia are unable to source for three ply masks, N95 masks and personal protective equipment (PPE), said the Association of Private Hospitals Malaysia (APHM).

“This is a serious situation which impacts upon the safety of patients and staff involved. Local manufacturers continue to export such items while the private hospitals are crying out for such crucial supplies, ” the APHM’s president Datuk Dr Kuljit Singh told StarBiz.

“We urge the government that the masks and PPE manufactured in Malaysia not to be exported for the moment as the local usage is going to be critical.


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