Face-masks have over the last two-years become a must-have item and something you should never leave behind.
Well, apart from helping to protect us from viruses, policemen in Kota Kinabalu recently found another really amazing use for it.
A pregnant woman was on a boat, being rushed from Kampung Lok Urai, Gaya Island, near Kota Kinabalu, Sabah to a hospital on the mainland.
However, upon reaching the jetty, the woman in her thirties could not wait and was forced to deliver her baby with help from others.
Policemen who were on duty at the jetty saw the commotion and rushed over to assist in the incident which unfolded about 7.30pm.
After helping to lift mother and child off the boat and unto the jetty, Assistant Superintendent Johri Rubinsin contacted the Queen Elizabeth I Hospital (HQE) for assistance.
Over the phone, Johri described the situation and informed the doctor that the woman appeared lethargic.
According to reports in the New Straits Times, the doctor noted that this could be due to a loss of blood as the baby’s umbilical cord was still attached.
The doctor then instructed the policemen to tie the baby’s umbilical cord to prevent further blood loss and any infection prior to the arrival of paramedics.
As there was nothing proper to use, the policemen asked the doctor if they could use some string from disposable face masks as a temporary measure.
The policemen then kept the mother and baby safe till paramedics arrived and took them to hospital.
Both mother and baby were later taken to hospital where they were reported to be doing fine.
Well done PDRM!