Kuala Lampur, Oct. 18 -- The Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) urges the Malaysian federal government to release the much needed emergency funds to manage the worsening Covid-19 situation in Sabah.

Now that the Sabah state government is aligned with the federal government, we believe it is possible that more can be done to meet the needs of the state of Sabah in fighting the pandemic. If we were to rely on donations alone, it may take longer for funds to be channelled.

It was reported in the media on October 14, that the occupancy rate of the 1,018 beds accross nine Covid-19 hospitals in Sabah had reached 71 per cent. Four in 10 coronavirus patients placed in some form of facility in Sabah are ill enough to require hospitalisation.

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