Healthcare Media Report: 19th May 2020

Headline: Experts divided over mass testing

Date: 18 May 2020

Source: The Star

Monthly Visitors: 4,623,090


  • Universiti Malaya Medical Centre thinks it is best to have a system where workers report to their supervisors daily on the presence or absence of symptoms.

  • COVID-19 Task Force Member, Dr Adeeba, commented that wet markets should be temporarily closed for cleaning and better crowd movement.

  • The Health DG reported that 424,306 individuals were screened as of May 15, out of whom 6,855 were tested positive.

  • The Health DG also explained that mass testing will focus on 8 targeted groups: (1) the Masjid Jamek Seri Petaling tabligh gathering cluster, (2) tahfiz, (3) tabriz areas under enhanced MCOs, (4) Pasar Borong Kuala Lumpur (markets), (5) old folks homes, (6) foreign workers (construction sites), (7) healthcare workers and (8) Malaysian citizens returning from abroad.

Headline: Malaysian companies join forces with US firm to produce ventilators

Date: 18 May 2020

Source: New Straits Times

Monthly Visitors: 1,762,560


  • Sanichi Technology Bhd, AT Systematization Bhd and PNE PCB Bhd (PNEPCB) collaborates with a US company to produce ventilators.

  • The joint venture aims to produce medical grade mechanical air ventilators for local and overseas markets.

  • The Malaysian companies will produce the product and obtain all necessary licenses for production, and the US company will distribute the product accordingly.

  • The ventilator is a machine that moves breathable air in and out of the lungs. It helps to deliver breath to patients suffering from breathing difficulties.

  • The global mechanical medical ventilators market is valued has an approximate value of US$1.05 billion.

  • There is currently a shortage of ventilators, and the COVID-19 outbreak has caused a higher demand for ventilators.

Headline: LYC Healthcare partners with Biofresh to market hygiene, sanitisation services

Date: 18 May 2020

Source: The Edge Markets

Monthly Visitors: 708,630


  • LYC Healthcare Bhd (LYC) is partners with Biofresh Hygiene Services Sdn Bhd to market cleanliness, hygiene, and sanitation services in Malaysia.

  • LYC reported that their hygiene and sanitation services includes: manual and automatic hand sanitiser dispensers, hand soap dispensers, toilet seat sanitisers, lady bins, and disinfection services.

  • LYC is also granted the right to use all marketing materials developed by Biofresh.

  • LYC recently announced its local partnership with IT company, Forwen Sdn Bhd, to market its COVID-19 tracing app.

  • LYC's shares closed half a sen or 1.2% lower at 41 sen today. The company is valued at RM145.7 million.

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