Sabah seeks OK to bring specialist doctors from China

The Sabah state government hopes to get 10 specialist doctors from China to help deal with Covid-19. (AP pic)

KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah state government will seek federal government approval for its plan to bring in medical experts from China to help fight Covid-19 in the state.

Chief Minister Mohd Shafie Apdal said the state secretary will go to Kuala Lumpur tomorrow to meet with the Chief Secretary, Mohd Zuki Ali

Shafie said he had been informed by the Chinese consul general in Kota Kinabalu Liang Cade that the specialists to be sent to Sabah had been identified.

“We asked for at least 10 specialists. Once we obtained approval from the federal government, we will bring them in and place them at the Universiti Malaysia Sabah,” said  Shafie, adding that the state also needs federal approval on the number of specialists to be brought in.

“Sabah is among states that have shown a significant increase in the number of Covid-19 positive cases,” he said.

The Chinese specialists would also help to train Sabah doctors and medical personnel on dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic.