Fight Covid-19 to avoid virtual farewell

KUCHING: Sarawakians are urged to curb Covid-19 to avoid more casualties due to the infectious disease.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said no family deserves to be deprived of the opportunity to bid farewell to their family members in person, which is not the case for Covid-19 fatalities.

“Let’s fight Covid-19 together as no Sarawakian neither their family deserves this type of ‘farewell’. Let’s play our role and do our part,” he said in a Facebook post.

He said the people must practise social distancing at all times, reduce their risk of getting infected by observing the standard operating procedures (SOPs) and get themselves vaccinated.

He was commenting on the death of five Sarawakians on Saturday to Covid-19, which took the state’s death tally due to the pandemic to 401.

Dr Sim said the deaths are subjected to restrictive funeral SOPs with family members not given the opportunity to see the body for the last time.

The funeral procedure involves wrapping the deceased with a few layers of fluid resistant plastic while the frontliners are using full personal protective equipment (PPE) when handling the body for burial.

Meanwhile, for patients who are in intensive care unit (ICU), while they are not intubated, they require oxygen either through high flow nasal mask or other non-invasive mechanical ventilation.

“Once their conditions worsened requiring further oxygen, the last resort is intubation and invasive mechanical ventilation. 

“Before intubation, it is important for the families to use modern visual conference technology to see each other in case it is their final goodbye,” he said.