Saturday, October 1

Three more venues identified as Covid-19 quarantine centres


Uggah (second left) undergoes the thermo-scanning at Bintulu Airport. At right is Dr Sim.

BINTULU: Three more venues have been identified as Covid-19 quarantine centres in Sarawak.

They are the Kemuyang Youth Camp for Sibu, the Similajau National Park for Bintulu, and the Petronas Games Village for Miri.

In Kuching city, the designated venue is the Public Health College.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah, who is also the chairman of the State Disaster Management Committee (JPBN), conducted checks on the centres in Sibu and Bintulu yesterday.

He was accompanied by Local Government and Housing Minister Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian, along with Deputy State Secretary Datu Ik Pahon, Health Department Sarawak director Dr Chin Zin Hing and State Security and Enforcement Unit director Datuk Dr Chai Khin Chung.

Uggah said the three new venues were suitable as they were away from the cities or town areas.

“We need them for mass quarantine purpose should the need arise.

“We have to be prepared for any eventuality given the current situation where today (yesterday) 20 people have tested positive for Covid-19,” he told reporters after conducting the visits.

Uggah said in the centres, the persons-under-investigation (PUIs) for Covid-19 who already had the symptoms, would be separated from others, and family members had to be placed under quarantine because they had been in close contact with them.

“We do not want a situation where those who are in fact healthy become sick because they are put together with those who are sick.

“The quarantine centres are for those awaiting laboratory tests of their status,” Uggah pointed out, adding that whenever necessary, facilities including Internet connectivity at the venues would be improved.

He also said Dr Sim would be in the federal capital this week to discuss the outbreak at a national-level meeting.

“He (Dr Sim) will be presenting our requirements as well,” said Uggah.

Meanwhile on face masks, Dr Chin said there was no need for any healthy person to wear it daily as a means of protection from contacting the virus.

He was responding to media query about the shortage of face masks in the market.

“There is no guarantee of protection from the face masks. The best option is to take care of your personal hygiene all the time.

“Wash your hands frequently with soap or hand sanitisers,” said Dr Chin, adding that one must wear the mask if he or she was taking care of the sick.

“Please, by all means, wear the mask if you are sick or going to crowded areas,” he said.

Earlier, Uggah and his entourage checked on the state government-acquired thermo scanner used at Bintulu Airport.

He also checked on the traveller’s health declaration forms filled in by to arriving here yesterday.