Fainting spell due to gruelling workload

KUCHING: Eight medical frontliners stationed at Kuching South City Council’s (MBKS) Covid-19 One Stop Centre fainted due to the gruelling workload in screening the public.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said the centre was supposed to close at noon on Saturday but the operating time was extended to 1.45pm due to the high turnout.

“The centre closes at noon on weekends as there are limited medical frontliners on duty. I was told they managed to carry out PCR swabs until the last car at 1.45 pm. 

“I was also told that eight of the medical staff who had put on personal protective equipment (PPE) with multiple protection layers since 8.30 am passed out after 1 pm.

“To those who are waiting in their cars (for screening), thank you for your understanding,” he said in a Facebook post on Saturday (May 22).

Dr Sim said the incident reflected the dedication, professionalism and sacrifices of the frontliners in the war against Covid-19.

He said similarly, the public needed to be understanding and have the compassion to wait patiently for their turns.   

“When I was in the Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) Heart Centre, I used to tell every patient in my outpatient clinic that I would see everyone who was willing to wait until the last one in the line.

“Very happy to see that work ethics still exist. But all the medical frontliners still have their limit as we are all humans. We can’t afford to lose any medical frontliners at this critical time of Covid-19,” he said.

Dr Sim also thanked the State Health Department and the Kuching Division Health Office for providing free PCR swab tests for those under the surveillance category. 

“Sarawak government has and will continue to financially assist the health department on the running costs of the PCR tests, operation of Covid-19 Quarantine and Low-Risk Treatment Centre (PKRCs) and the One-Stop Centre (OSC).”