SIBU: Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) chairman Clarence Ting Ing Horh praised Sibu residents for their cooperation in breaking the chain of Covid-19 infection.
He said this was proven during the active case detection (ACD) conducted by the Health Ministry (MOH) at two venues, namely at Taman Tasik Permai and Taman Rimba Bukit Lima here on Monday (Feb 22).
“The ACD in Taman Tasik Permai is for Zone 28 Permai and Zone 29 Jeriah while Taman Rimba Bukit Lima is for Zone 15 Sentosa.
“All three zones are red zones in the SMC administrative area. We are now using a zoning strategy to combat the spread of Covid-19 in Sibu.
“For another red zone namely Zone 7 Tiong Hua, the ACD was completed yesterday (Sunday). We expect the test results to be released today or tomorrow,” he said when inspecting the ACD conducted at Zone 28 Permai and Zone 29 Jeriah held at Taman Tasik Permai.
Commenting on the ACD in both zones, Ting said enforcement officers such as the police, volunteers, soldiers and others were also on site to monitor the presence of the public to comply with the standard operating procedures (SOPs).
“Today we see the public queuing up for the ACD and it received a very encouraging response. We expect more than 350 residents to be present since the ACD counter opened at 10am this morning.
“The ACD will be open from 10am to 2pm for today and tomorrow (Feb 23),” he explained.
Touching on the ACD for Zone 15 Sentosa held at Taman Rimba Bukit Lima, he said the attendance record was very encouraging with more than 300 people lined up for about 200 metres since the ACD counter opened from 10am.
“If there are people who are unable to attend the swab test today, they can also come tomorrow (Feb 23),” he said.
Ting congratulated the people of Sibu for their cooperation and high awareness on the need to break the Covid-19 chain.
“Only with such cooperation will it make it easier for our frontliners to fight the pandemic,” he said.
A survey at both ACD locations found that the processes were done smoothly as members of the public were very compliant with the SOP and instructions issued by the frontliners on duty.
For the record, in addition to this free government-funded swab test, the public can also undergo a test at a private clinic for a fee of between RM180 to RM350 depending on the test method and the timing of the results are known.