Fatimah (second left) announcing the SOP for Community-Based Rehabilitation Centres on Tuesday (Aug 11).

KUCHING: Special needs children will be able to go back to their Community-Based Rehabilitation Centres (PDK) effective Aug 25.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) committee member Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah said the reopening, however, was strictly for those centres located in green zones.

“Only rehabilitation centres in the green zone are allowed to resume operations on Aug 25, provided that the centres had completed preparations and sanitising work within these two weeks, effective today (Tuesday),” she said when announcing the standard operating procedure (SOP) for the PDKs on Tuesday (Aug 11).

Fatimah who is also Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister, said the resumption of PDKs in yellow zones would depend on the current development of the Covid-19 cases.

“The community-based rehabilitation centre in Kuching, Samarahan and Serian now are temporarily suspended until it changes to green zone.

“But this all depends with the recent development of the Covid-19 cases,” she added.

Elaborating on the SOP, Fatimah said the maximum number of trainees allowed to participate in activities would be 179, subject to space size.

“The minimum number of trainees that can attend the activities is 10 persons.

“We also encourage the staff and supervisors to rotate the learning and teaching schedule to avoid overcrowding.

“We strongly advise the centres to follow strictly the SOP during the learning sessions, with two staff supervising a maximum five trainees,” she said.