MASkargo sends medical supplies to Wuhan

This is in collaboration with local relief organisation #OpsHarapan in light of the novel coronavirus outbreak

by NUR HANANI AZMAN/ pic by BERNAMA

THE Malaysia Aviation Group through its subsidiary, MAB Kargo Sdn Bhd (MASkargo), on Tuesday uplifted disposable medical protective gear for use at various hospitals across the Hubei Province in China.

The operation is done via flight MH386 from Kuala Lumpur to Shanghai Pudong.

This is in collaboration with local relief organisation #OpsHarapan which recently launched a donation drive in Malaysia to collect medical supplies in light of the novel coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan.

The goods were delivered to MASkargo complex on Tuesday prior to MH386 departure at 7:35pm.

MASkargo CEO Ibrahim Mohamed Salleh said the group operates into China daily and is greatly empathising the predicament the country is currently facing, including challenges in travelling into and out of China.

“We will ensure that the supplies consisting of surgical masks, N95 masks and surgical gloves, among others, reach the respective hospitals and will help the doctors and nurses carry out their duties safely.

“We have been part of many relief aid missions; the recent ones being for victims of Taal Volcano eruption in Manila and also the bushfire victims in Australia. Our logistics support network has allowed us to move efficiently and in quick time to help those in need,” he said at the event in Sepang on Tuesday.

In a statement last week, Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok said Malaysia will be sending 18 million pieces of medical gloves to healthcare workers in Wuhan amid the escalating coronavirus outbreak.

Kok said her ministry had obtained the cooperation of the Malaysian Rubber Export Promotion Council and rubber gloves manufacturers in Malaysia on the initiative.

Wuhan, the capital city of Hubei Province located in central China, is in need of assistance in all forms as healthcare personnel fight to contain the virus from spreading.

As medical personnel from across China are deployed to Hubei Province, medical protective gears are depleting at an alarming rate, risking the lives of frontliners fighting to contain the pandemic.

On Monday, AirAsia Group Bhd’s aircraft sent to bring home the 141 Malaysians and their families in Wuhan landed at the Wuhan Tianhe International Airport. The aircraft also carried 500,000 pairs of gloves for the Chinese as a gesture of goodwill from the Malaysian government.