ADDITIONAL RM160 MLN APPROVED TO FIGHT COVID-19 SECOND WAVE - MUHYIDDIN

NOR BAIZURA BASRI

JOHOR BAHRU, March 19 (Bernama) -- Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin today announced an additional allocation of RM160 milliion to be channeled to 26 hospitals in the country to contain the COVID-19 outbreak second wave. 

Expressing his thanks and appreciation to doctors, nurses, medical officers and all those in the Health Ministry (MOH) who have worked tirelessly for the past 90 days, Muhyiddin said the RM160 million allocation could be utilised to purchase medical and non-medical assets. 

“To help the MOH implement programmes to contain the spread of COVID-19 nationwide, we have approved more than RM259 million to purchase medicine, equipment and various other needs. 

“There was an application for a further RM160 million submitted to the Finance Ministry. I will inform the Finance Minister to approve it in the quickest time possible as this is a crisis that is quite serious and (the approval) cannot be delayed,” he told Bernama and RTM after a briefing by Johor Health Director Dr Aman Rabu at the Permai Hospital here on the ongoing efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19. 

The prime minister said he was very appreciative of the MOH’s contributions and believes all Malaysians are also grateful of its workforce’s efforts in the fight to overcome the pandemic. 

“We hope their spirits remain strong,” he said. 

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