Hospitals in the Malaysian state of Sabah have been assured of sufficient oxygen supply to cope with Covid-19 after Sabah Oxygen Sdn Bhd – the state’s sole supplier – was granted federal approval to operate during the country’s current Movement Control Order (MCO).
At the time of writing, Malaysia has just over 4,100 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 65 fatalities, according to data from the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.
The MCO was implemented in Malaysia on 18thMarch as a preventative measure against the continued outbreak of Covid-19 (coronavirus).
Local publication Free Malaysia Today (FMT), quoting the country’s Deputy Chief Minister Wilfred Madius Tangau, reported that the MCO had previously made it challenging for Sabah Oxygen to operate at full strength and ensure the logistical needs of medical oxygen cylinder supply were met for rural hospitals.
The sale of oxygen and nitrogen dominate the industrial gas market in Malaysia, according to gasworld Business Intelligence, accounting for around 66% of all revenue streams. Oxygen has the higher market share than nitrogen, worth an estimated $219m of revenues in 2018 – over a third of the overall market.
The commercial industrial gas market in Malaysia as a whole was worth $630m in 2018.
It was noted that besides ensuring critical oxygen supply, Sabah Oxygen also plays an important role in facilitating domestic cooking in the region, as nitrogen is required when refiling gas tanks for domestic use, and in keeping oil and gas operations going with the integral supply of nitrogen.
Sabah is a Malaysian state occupying the northern part of the island of Borneo.