Private hospitals face shortage of masks and protective gear, says Association of Private Hospitals Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR (Marc 16): Private hospitals are facing a shortage of face masks and personal protective equipment, the Association of Private Hospitals Malaysia (APHM) said today, reported The Malaysian Insight.

The association said the reason for this is because the masks and equipment are being exported.

“Private hospitals aren’t unable to source for three-ply and N95 face masks, and personal protective equipment,” said the association in a statement today.

“It’s affecting patients and staff. Local manufacturers are exporting such items while private hospitals are crying out for supplies.

“It’s time for the Health Ministry and Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry to work together to address this,” said APHM.

The association also added that it had met the Health Ministry recently and “will be forwarding its proposals to the government on how to tackle the COVID-19 outbreak”.

Earlier today, a group of local medical experts representing seven professional societies has urged Putrajaya to implement “quick and firm measures to contain the COVID-19 outbreak and avoid an uncontainable surge in cases”.

Calling themselves the Malaysian Health Coalition, it said in a statement that: “If the total number of cases are high and they happen all at once, Malaysia’s hospitals will be overwhelmed.”

“We do not want Malaysians to undergo the recent Italian experience, where a sudden surge in new cases caused chaos and agonising life-and-death decisions in an overwhelmed health system,” said the coalition. 

Looking for properties to buy or rent? With >150,000 exclusive listings, including undervalued properties, from vetted Pro Agents, you can now easily find the right property on Malaysia's leading property portal EdgeProp! You can also get free past transacted data and use our proprietary Edge Reference Price tool, to make an informed purchase.
  1. Covid-19 cases: Lowest number recorded within three weeks on Nov 29
  2. Covid-19: New cases down to 4,239 on Nov 28, says Health DG
  3. Covid-19: MOH closely monitoring WHO, other countries on Omicron variant