Consistent public cooperation can stop pandemic

Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas

KUCHING: The transmission of Covid-19 can be controlled and eventually ended, but only when all people consistently cooperate among themselves and with the authorities, said Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas.

This means that everybody is involved, yet there are members of the public who blame the committee for the increasing number of positive cases in the state, said the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman.

He reiterated that the committee sets and monitors the standard operating procedures (SOPs), and enforces the relevant laws to break the transmission of Covid-19.

“Once again, the number of Covid-19 positive cases in Sarawak is increasing, and with that some people are blaming SDMC on social media.

“Therefore, I explain again how SDMC came up with the SOPs, enforces the related laws and monitors the enforcement. The state government has also provided funds needed for the Covid-19 operations in Sarawak.

“This means the committee has taken steps and used the allocations to break chain of Covid-19 transmission. However, the situation can only be under control when the people cooperate,” he said.

Uggah also recalled how the state has so far successfully flattened the previous three Covid-19 waves.

He urged the people of Sarawak to be highly vigilant in order to protect themselves and those they come into contact with.

“The SOPs for social events have also been issued by SDMC and they must be adhered to at all times. There have been too many lives lost and many victims have suffered.

“This must be taken as a reminder for everyone. I urge for everyone to be more cautious and take care. Do not be complacent or negligent,” he said.