Tiong (right) inspects the virus testing laboratory which is nearly completed.

KUCHING: The virus testing laboratory to test Covid-19 test samples in Bintulu is almost completed, said Bintulu MP Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing.

“What is left now is to equip the laboratory with a backup polymerase chain reaction (PCR) machine in the event of needing a second test result or due to any equipment maintenance issues,” he said.

“I visited the laboratory today and I am delighted to report that the facility is nearly completed and will be in full swing soon.

“However, based on the advice of the hospital, we have decided that it will be prudent to equip the laboratory with an additional machine as a backup so that testing will not be affected,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Tiong, who is also the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy to China, said two more instruments for laboratory testing would arrive in Bintulu within the next two weeks in time for the facility’s opening.

“I have also instructed the contractors to upgrade the flooring to specifications set by the hospital to completely follow professional public healthcare standard operating procedures.

“Hospital-standard flooring is wear-resistant, anti-bacterial, non-slip and easy to clean. This provides greater convenience and safety for medical staff and helps with the long-term operation and maintenance of the facility,” he said.

Tiong reiterated that the testing laboratory was not only built for Covid-19 purposes but had the capacity to detect over 40 types of viruses.

“By uniting proactively to contribute to Bintulu’s long-term healthcare development, we can all benefit from a better future and secure it for the next generation,” he said.