Saudi Arabia donates over 7m units of medical equipment to Malaysia


THE Saudi Arabian government has agreed to donate 7,542,170 units of medical equipment to Malaysia for use in the fight against Covid-19, said Malaysian Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.

Saudi Ambassador to Malaysia Dr Mahmoud Hussein Saeed Qattan told Hishammuddin of the contribution when he called on the latter at Wisma Putra yesterday.

The medical aid, given with the consent of King Salman Abdulaziz Al-Saud, was being channelled through the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre, Hishammuddin said in a statement.

The equipment includes five million units of surgical masks, N95 face masks (one million), jumpsuit overalls head cover (200,000), personal (741,840), face shields (300,000), protective clothing (200,000) and boot cover (100,000).

Saudi Arabia is also giving 150 portable ventilators, 100 non-invasive ventilators and 80 intensive care unit ventilators.

Hishammuddin said the one million units of N95 face masks have arrived and handed over to the Health Ministry, while other equipment would be coming in stages.

“The consent of King Salman and the willingness of the Saudi Arabian government to help Malaysia in this matter is proof of the close bilateral ties between Malaysia and Saudi Arabia,” he said.

Hishammuddin expressed his thanks to Saudi Arabia on behalf of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, the government and Malaysians.