COVID-19: MAF mobilised 1,780 military personnel in roadblocks in Sabah, KL, Putrajaya and Selangor

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KUALA LUMPUR OCT.14: The Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) will mobilise 1,780 staff from the Malaysian Army, Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) and Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) in the OP PENAWAR to assist the authorities in roadblocks and Mobile Patrol Vehicle (MPV).

MAF Chief, General Tan Sri Affendi Buang from RMAF said, the armed forces will elevate its preparedness and commitment in combating the COVID-19 pandemic situation especially in the affected areas.

Affendi said, with the imposition of the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) on Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya effective Oct.14, MAF will place 621 military staff including 396 in Selangor and 225 in Kuala Lumpur andPutrajaya while 165 be in charge in the CMCO and Targeted Enhanced MCO (TEMCO) areas in Sabah.

“In Sabah the focused areas will be Tawau, Semporna, Tambunan, Keningau and Lahad Datu while in Kedah 73 military staff will be assisting in roadblocks and MPV and security control around Pokok Sena Prison.

“The military’s assistance will also include the Compliance Patrol at public places like the markets, business premises and supermarkets. The assistance willbe mobilised according to the current duties and will be increased following the current needs,” said Affendi in a statement here today.

In another development, the MAF Health Services through the Royal Medical Corps will mobilise the staffs and the Field Hospital equipments to Tawau on 17th October 2020 via RMAF flight.

“The staffs include 12 officers and 60 supporting medical staff will be in chargeat the MAF Field Hospital for at least three months. They will be six medical specialists, four medical officers, one pharmacist, one hospital administrative officer and 62 paramedic staffs and supporting elements.

“They will cooperate with the Ministry of Health Malaysia and will be placed under the Tawau Hospital management,” said Affendi.

The statement added, at the initial stage, the Field Hospital will be operating in the Tawau Sports Complex with 100 beds including four beds for Intensive Care Unit (ICU) that will treat other cases to enable Tawau Hospital to focus onCOVID-19 cases.

Meanwhile, apart from providing flights to carry the equipments for the Field Hospital, MAF via RMAF also provides carrier flight C130H from No.20 Squadron on 12th Oct. 2020 to carry medical equipments, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and COVID-19 samples from Sabah and Labuan to facilitate the requirement of the state health centre with the cooperation of Ministry of Health (MOH).

The flight also takes home “COVID-19 test sample” from Labuan, Kota Kinabalu,and Tawau to be sent to the laboratories in the Peninsular for sample testing purposes.-Malaysia World News

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