Uggah (third right) with Dr Sim (second left) at the ACD in Kampung Haji Baki. Also seen are Dr Chin (left), Lo (fourth left) and Dr Marjorie (second right).

KUCHING: An Active Case Detection (ACD) operations was conducted at Kampung Haji Baki following revelation that two clusters were detected in the area.

“The first is a family involving three victims and the second family has five victims. So, in total we have recorded eight positive cases here. The state Health Department thinks there is the possibility that the virus has spread out to the community.

“That is why we are carrying out the ACD operations involving 100 health personnel under the supervision of Dr Majorie Ensayan Junting,” Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said when met at the ACD session here on Sunday (Oct 25).

Uggah was accompanied Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian, state Health Director Dr Chin Zin Hing, and Batu Kitang assemblyman chairman Lo Khere Chiang.

“We are testing those in Block A of the village with about 600 people. Those in Block B and Block C; they are encouraged to come on voluntary basis.

“For those who are sick and the elderly who are immobilised, the health personnel will visit them at their houses for the test. They are the most vulnerable group,” he said.

The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman said the ACD operations is in line with SDMC’s strategies in controlling the spread of the virus, which is to detect and isolate.

“We cannot wait for those infected to start showing symptoms to come for treatment. Probably by then the virus, like a burning peat soil fire underground, would have spread further in the community.

“We have done two ACD operations early this year at Uni Garden Housing Area in Kota Samarahan and at Kampung Tabuan Melayu in the city,” he said.

He said the people have been cooperative with SDMC thanked the Health officers, council officers and personnel and the police for their assistance.

“I am also very happy with the support given by community leaders and the people themselves. Many of them had turned up early for the test,” he said.

Dr Sim Kui Hian, who was also present, urged the public to come forward, saying there is no stigma and that it is to protect their family members.

“For those in Block B and Block C, the Health personnel will also do random screenings on them but they are very much encouraged to go for the test,” he said.