Arrest Covid-19 spread in rural areas

KUCHING: The Divisional Disaster Management Committees (DDMCs) are urged to find ways to stop the spread of Covid-19 in rural areas throughout the state.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg in stressing this said the outbreak in these areas, if not addressed would be catastrophic.

“I have directed all DDMCs to find ways on how to deploy logistics to the affected areas.

“This is because when there are Covid-19 cases in longhouses, the patient needs to be brought to the quarantine centre,” he said during a briefing on the Covid-19 situation in Sibu today.

The chief minister also urged for more quarantine centres to be set up.

He also said the number of ventilators at Covid-19 treatment hospitals throughout the state will be increased with Sibu Hospital to be equipped with ten more ventilators.

On the procurement of vaccines, Abang Johari assured that it would arrive soon. In the meantime, Sarawak must contain the pandemic in the next few months.

“The vaccine is not a cure; it is just a preventive measure to enhance your body’s antibody to fight the virus. So, we want to contain Covid-19 cases within that time in Sarawak,” he said.

He also welcomed the success of the dry run of the Covid-19 vaccine delivery to Belaga noting the saline filled bottles were able to maintain the specified sub-zero temperature.

Meanwhile, Abang Johari urged the enforcement to be intensified in lockdown areas including longhouses. He also said personnel must tighten security at longhouses to prevent movements using illicit routes.

“Effective communication in longhouses is very important in combating the disease. We must have a channel of communication that can be understood by them (longhouse dwellers and villagers),” he said.

He also reminded Sarawakians to practise preventive measures by adhering to the standard operating procedures (SOPs) outlined by the authorities.

“If we can do this, we will be able to overcome the spread of Covid-19 in Sibu and other places,” he said.