KUCHING: Guests attending a signing ceremony at a leading hotel here today were in for a surprise as they had to undergo a health screening before entering the hotel’s ballroom.
The health screening is part of the preventive measures taken by event organisers Petroleum Sarawak Berhad (Petros) to prevent the spread of the Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19).
Medical personnel from a private hospital were on hand to check the temperature of guests upon their arrival while at the same time, asked them about their recent travel history.
Hand sanitisers were also provided and guests were instructed to sanitise their hands after the health screening.
All guests were required to go through the health screening including guest-of-honour Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hassan, Local Government and Housing Minister Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian and other state cabinet ministers who were present for the Sarawak Domestic Gas Signing Ceremony between Petros and Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas).
The health screening is in line with the recommendations suggested by the State Health Department for organisers to take precautionary measures such as carrying out temperature screening if possible; providing hand sanitisers at pre- and post- entrance into the facility or meeting room; denying entry to unwell individuals; providing face masks to all guests with respiratory symptoms prior to entry; and so on.
Petros communications manager Karen Yap said the initiative taken by the state-owned oil and gas company was to make sure that everyone who attended the event were safe.
“This is a public event and we are aware of the fact that there’s many travellers coming in specifically for this.
“We are monitoring the development of Covid-19 very closely and want to be able to support the Sarawak government in their actions to ensure that Covid-19 is not spread in the state,” she told reporters.
While Yap believed that Petros won’t be doing another public event any time soon, she also gave her assurance that in the event the company does hold another function and if the Covid-19 situation persists, Petros will continue to support the state and make sure there’s no transmission.
Meanwhile, Dr Sim commended Petros for initiating the health screening, which he said is a good way to raise awareness on Covid-19.
“At this point of time, Sarawak still has no cases of Covid-19 but it’s good to create awareness of this disease and to remind people to instill good hygiene habits such as refraining from shaking hands during this period and to frequently wash our hands,” he said.