Medical Personnel Sent To Sabah To Fight COVID-19 Are The Real MVPs

483 medical personnel were dispatched to help Sabah's rising number of cases.

Cover image via Noor Hisham Abdullah (Facebook)

With the increase of COVID-19 cases in Sabah recently, medical officers have stepped up to help fight the pandemic's third wave in East Malaysia

Five medical officers from the Emergency And Trauma Department in Kuala Lumpur Hospital were recently sent to Tawau Hospital.

Image via Noor Hisham Abdullah (Facebook)

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, who called for volunteers to help assist teams in Sabah, shared photos of doctors and other health officers being sent to Sabah all week.

Among the 483 medical officers deployed are members from within the state as well as those who have moved from other states of Malaysia.

Dr Suresh, a Medical Specialist of Infective Disease from Sungai Buloh Hospital was also sent to plan the latest and effective strategy in addressing the pandemic in Semporna.

"There is no rest in the effort to fight COVID-19 in Semporna for the frontliners. We are all dedicated to winning this battle," wrote Muhamad Na'im Ab Razak, a medical officer at Lahad Datu Hospital in a Facebook post.

The Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF), the Royal Malaysia Air Force (RMAF), and the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) are also among frontliners working hard to fight the pandemic in Sabah

New Straits Times reported that Malaysia's armed forces will activate a field hospital in Tawau, Sabah to treat non-COVID-19 cases, such as trauma surgery, emergency cases, and maternity wards.

Meanwhile, the RMAF is assisting with flights, including transporting medical staff and equipment to and from Sabah as well as bringing COVID-19 screening samples to laboratories in Peninsular Malaysia.

In addition, the 1,140 military personnel sent to Sabah are in charge of roadblock duties and assisting in security control, especially in high-risk areas, according to New Straits Times.

While frontliners continue battling COVID-19, it's our job to adhere to physical distancing and home quarantine measures when required

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