Be vigilant, MMA reminds public

KUCHING: Malaysia Medical Association (MMA) Sarawak branch has reminded the public to be vigilant all the time despite the reduced number of Covid-19 cases in the state and a relaxation of the movement control order (MCO).

“Elderly people, obese and those with chronic diseases like diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, lung diseases, cancer and those on treatment which lower the body immune system are at a higher risk for severe diseases which can lead to death.

“Until an effective vaccine is found, a spike of new cases is always possible,” it said in a statement yesterday.

MMA Sarawak said there was always the risk of a new wave of infection which might overwhelm the state’s resources and healthcare system.

“We must not be complacent and let our guard down. It is only by being responsible citizens, by being honest and following all the rules and regulations in place instituted by the authorities that we will be able to overcome the pandemic,” it said.

MMA Sarawak also applauded the contributions and sacrifices of all healthcare workers, other frontliners and also the state government during these trying times.

“These frontliners have been working tirelessly and selflessly over the last seven weeks combating this pandemic. The needs, safety and the work environment of all healthcare workers must be looked into and taken care of at all times by the authorities concerned.

“They are the backbone of the fight against Covid-19 and their wellbeing and morale are important to all,” the association said in a statement yesterday.

It also urged the public to ease the responsibilities of the frontliners and reduce the risks that the latter faced.   

This included seeking immediate care for those who were ill and coming forward at testing centres if they were contacts of known Covid-19 cases.