294 food baskets for Julau longhouses

Bomba personnel helping to unload the food supply to be distributed to longhouse dwellers.

KUCHING: A total of 294 food baskets were distributed to five longhouses in Julau said Meluan assemblyman Rolland Duat Jubin.

These five longhouses, namely Rumah Serejem, Rumah Hong Sing Sing, Rumah Chat, Rumah Banyang and Rumah Lunggek are among those which were affected by the Covid-19 pandemic after being exposed to the Nanga Lijan Cluster recently.

“For the record, the food baskets have been distributed since the start of the movement control order (MCO) when the first case in Nanga Entabai, Julau was reported on Jan 8,” he said in a Facebook post on Thursday.

Rolland thanked the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) for their efforts to ensure those affected by the lockdown are assisted appropriately.

“Myself through the service centre will channel assistances as needed such as basic needs for the affected longhouse dwellers,” he said.

He also thanked those working on the frontlines – personnel from the Julau Health Clinic, Julau Community Welfare Department, Julau district office, Bomba, Police and Rela who are involved in the MCO in the district.

“Let us take care of our hygiene, pray, work together to observe the standard operating procedures (SOPs) which have been laid out during this difficult period to fully break the chain of Covid-19,” he said.

Last week, the SDMC reported the discovery of the Nanga Lijan Cluster which involved the Rumah Banyang longhouse in Nanga Lijan in the Julau district.

The committee said the index case for this cluster was a local man who was screened at the Julau Health Clinic on Feb 1 after experiencing Covid-19 symptoms, such as fever and coughing since Jan 27.