Another major outbreak at Sentosa Hospital

Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian

KUCHING: Another major Covid-19outbreakhas been reported at the Kota Sentosa Hospital here.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said 52 positive cases had been detected at the facility.

“I am wondering when the Health Ministry will declare a cluster (here) in the interest of public health emergency. This is the second major outbreak at this institution,” he said in a Facebook post.

In July last year, a similar outbreak had occurred at the health institution leading to its closure by the authorities.

Last year’s outbreak at the facility led to the emergence of the Sentosa Cluster prompting an active case detection (ACD) and close contact tracing activities with more than 600 individuals screened.

Today, the SDMC announced the emergence of the Sentosa 2 Cluster involving workers and residents of the health facility.

It said a total of 181 individuals were screened and out of that, 52 were found to be infected with Covid-19 including the index case.

It said the remaining 129 individuals were waiting for their test results. The patients were treated at Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) and Covid-19 Quarantine and Low-Risk Treatment Centres (PKRCs) in Kuching district.

In a separate development, Dr Sim said the decision to disallow dine-in services at eateries following the emergence of the Delta Covid-19 variant was a step back in the efforts by the authorities to facilitate economic recovery.

He urged the Health Ministry and the State Health Department (JKNS) to look in their strategies to curb Covid-19 and conduct situational analysis for the current spread in Kuching.

“We need a targeted approach and we need to act fast, placing an area under the enhanced movement control order (EMCO) if need be,” he said.