KUCHING: More effective and efficient coordination of Covid-19 pandemic response is expected with the setting up of a Covid-19 One Stop Centre (OSC) here.
Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said the centre was a pilot project to improve the coordination of more than 15 state and federal agencies.
“This is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness that I had highlighted a few times in our war with Covid-19,” he said in a Facebook post on Saturday (May 1).
Earlier, he visited the OSC along with SMDC chairman and Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas and Utilities Assistant Minister (Water Supply) Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi.
Dr Sim explained that the OSC would be the command centre for Kuching with relevant agencies directing their manpower at the centre.
He said the centre would coordinate screening, focus on tracing and testing as a key factor in controlling the spread of Covid-19.
Dr Sim said the OSC would start operating on Monday (May 3) from with its operating hours from 9am to 7pm on weekdays and 9am to 2.30pm on weekends and public holidays.
“We pray for the best but we must prepare for the worst. While many are busy playing politics, let’s get things done and make a difference to the outcome.
“You and I can help to prevent the worst by playing our roles and doing our parts seriously with strict discipline,” he said.
The Local Government and Housing Minister said everyone needed to cooperate, make sacrifices and live with the inconveniences until 70 percent of Sarawakians were vaccinated by August.
“Let’s save lives, save our hospitals from being overrun like in India,” he said.