Disinfection operation by Bomba at RHB Bank Satok yesterday. Photo: Mohd Alif Noni

KUCHING: City councils are currently carrying out disinfection and sanitation works together with the Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) in areas under their respective jurisdictions.

This is one of many measures taken to curb the spread of the Covid-19 virus by Kuching South City Council (MBKS), Kuching North City Council (DBKU) and Kota Samarahan Municipal Council (MPKS).

Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Office (Islamic Affairs and DBKU) Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi said that DBKU had sanitised 24 locations under its jurisdiction since March 28.

“The locations compromised the DBKU office, public toilets, markets at Kampung Bako, Kampung Buntal, Sungai Lumut, mosques and surau, public parks, waterfronts and commercial premises where banks are situated.

“The priority areas are markets frequented by the public,” he told New Sarawak Tribune.

Dr Abdul Rahman also added that the disinfectant and fuel used cost DBKU around RM1,871.

“We are also currently working closely with the State Health Department,” he added.

MBKS mayor Datuk Wee Hong Seng said they were waiting for Bomba and the Health Department for the schedule, and would also be focusing more on dense areas, including the red zone areas.

On Monday, MBKS kicked off the disinfection and sanitation works involving 10 MBKS officers and 23 firefighters at the Stutong Community Market.

Wee stated that this would be an ongoing effort and would be done at other markets and public places under MBKS’ jurisdiction.

Yesterday, firefighters along with MBKS and Ministry of Health (MOH) personnel carried out the disinfection and sanitation works at various areas near the Good News Fellowship building in Green Heights.

Meanwhile, MPKS chairman Datuk Peter Minos said they had started the disinfection and sanitation works at their public markets each day after the closing of the markets.

“We (MPKS) focus on disinfecting the public markets. We advised supermarkets and provision shops to adhere strictly to the movement control order (MCO). 

“Now, we are extra careful because people often visit the markets and provision shops daily for food and drinks. We want all such places to be neat and clean,” he said.

As for the Ramadan Bazaar, he said MPKS would wait for directive from the Ministry of Housing and Local Government.

In addition, Sarawak Bomba director Khirudin Drahman @ Hussaini said the disinfection and sanitation works were crucial in supporting the government’s efforts to stop the spread of the pandemic.

“Today, firefighters in cooperation with the local authorities, have conducted an operation to disinfect two locations, namely Satok and a church at Hui Sing Garden, which are among the confirmed positive areas of the Covid-19 outbreak.

“The operation will be carried out repeatedly in positive areas privately, in accordance with the protocol set by the MOH,” he said during a disinfection and sanitation operation conducted at RHB Bank Satok yesterday.

Khirudin said there were 69 locations identified as red zone areas in Kuching out of the 119 throughout Sarawak.