Free PCR test at government clinics

File Photo: MOH personnel conducting Covid-19 test.

KUCHING: Residents of Kuching who might be exposed to recent Covid-19 cases are urged to come forward and undergo the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test.

In making this call, Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said the PCR test will be made free to the public at government health clinics in red zones.

“Health clinics in red zones for the district of Kuching are open this weekend, and normally for any walk in, the Ministry of Health would charge RM150 per PCR test.

“Due to the outbreak in red zones and in order to encourage as many people who are possibly exposed to come forward and get themselves tested; the PCR test will be free.

“Please do your part and play your role for yourself, your family, friends and for Sarawak,” he said in a Facebook post on Friday (Nov 13).

On the recent outbreaks in buildings owned by companies and shops, Dr Sim lauded the move by the management of the companies to inform the public in any event of an outbreak.

“I wish every company can do the same and do their part in playing their role as it is not meant to cause panic or alarm, but to allow those potentially exposed to come forward to be PCR tested.

“This is also to help the already overstretched Divisional Health Office in tracing and testing and quickly contain the spread of the infection,” he said.

Dr Sim who is Batu Kawa assemblyman also commended the role of the public in coming forward for PCR testing in the aftermath of the recent outbreaks such as the Green Hill Cluster and Wisma Saberkas Cluster.

“Together, we have flattened the first and second wave of Covid-19. We will flatten the current third wave,” he said.