800 villagers to be screened today

Covid-19 screening for active case detection (ACD) at Kampung Haji Baki today. File photo: Mohd Alif Noni

KUCHING: Some 800 residents of Kampung Haji Baki are expected to be screened for Covid-19 today.

State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas who revealed this, said he was impressed with the preparations done by all related agencies at the Kampung Haji Baki Covid-19 operation centre.

“There are 628 houses here with 4196 residents. We have decided to impose the enhanced movement control order (EMCO) here because of the worrying increase in the number of positive Covid-19 cases.

“I am sure that with all the preparations, this will be a successful operation,” he added during his visit to the Covid-19 operation centre at Kampung Haji Baki here today.

Uggah also commended  the villagers including community leaders  and village chiefs for cooperating with the authorities.

“Before this, we conducted active case detection (ACD) at Kampung Haji Baki Block A and the response (from the people) was beyond what we expected.

“This shows that the people here understand that what we are doing here is not to burden them but to gain control over this disease. We really appreciate their cooperation and collaboration,” he said.

Uggah revealed that the Covid-19 operation centre was also a one-stop operation centre for the villagers to get their medications and medical consultations throughout the lockdown.

He added that medical personnel would visit the homes of villagers who were in poor health.

“The village is under lockdown. This means that the people cannot go to the clinics for their medications and health check-ups. So we have already set up a clinic here.

“There is also a maternity ward for a few mothers here who are in need of maternity consultations,” he disclosed.

Uggah also assured that all households would be provided with food packs by the Welfare Department.

“At the same time, we also allow outside vendors to come in to sell groceries. In other words, we will make sure that this area will be provided with food,” he said.

Accompanying Uggah during the visit were Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian, Batu Kitang assemblyman Lo Khere Chiang, and Sarawak Heath Director Dr Chin Zin Hing.