Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian

KUCHING: Sarawakians are urged to provide their understanding and cooperation with the health authorities to mitigate the Covid-19 pandemic.

This is because the movement control order (MCO) presented unprecedented issues for the authorities and State Disaster Management Committee to address.

“Almost all of us never experienced such a circumstance before. We need your kind understanding, cooperation and proactive assistance,” wrote Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian on Facebook yesterday.

He said, with the order of social distancing, there are more meetings to be convened as the groups are being scaled down.

“Although it is physically tiring and mentally exhausting, but it pales in comparison with the front lines such as the small infectious disease team under Dr Chua Hock Hin in Sarawak General Hospital (SGH).

“They are responsible for the whole of Sarawak from planning, managing a few hundred Covid-19 patients or person under investigation (PUI) and the anxious and frustrated public who wish immediate attention,” he said.

Dr Sim, a cardiologist by profession, urged the public to take the necessary precautions and reminded the people that the doctors and nurses who are treating them are at risk of being infected.

“We can’t afford to lose any of the handfuls of infectious disease specialists and their team as otherwise, who is going to look after you and me?

“Though I am a specialist but I only take care of the heart. I will be simply observing on the sidelines. Let’s do our part. Be serious about Covid-19,” he said.