KUALA LUMPUR, April 13 — The Pharmaceutical Association of Malaysia (PhAMA), a group of multinational pharmaceutical corporations, has contributed over 50,000 surgical masks to the government.
The National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma) will distribute the masks to frontliners in the government health service and the security forces, after they were presented to Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of special functions, Mohd Redzuan Yusof.
“PhAMA is committed to continuing to partner with the Malaysian government in fighting the Covid-19 outbreak,” PhAMA president Chin Keat Chyuan said in a statement.
“We are in continuing dialogue with the Malaysian government to better understand how we build on our ongoing partnership.
“PhAMA’s priority at this stage is to support the government to battle the ongoing pandemic, while working hard to ensure a continuing supply of innovative medicines and vaccines for all Malaysians.”
Health care workers from public hospitals and clinics have complained about shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) that forced potentially dangerous rationing. The Ministry of Health (MOH) set up an online database in response to closely monitor protective gear stock and usage in government health facilities in each state, urging staff to contact liaison officers when stocks run low.