Larger testing capacity to reduce secondary infections

Dr Hazland Hipni

KUCHING: Secondary Covid-19 infections can be reduced with larger testing capacity, Demak Laut assemblyman Dr Hazland Abang Hipni said. 

“With stricter control on travel and increased testing capacity to detect positive cases in the community, it will also enable the reduction of secondary cases,” he said.

He said the people should also be made to have proper and correct understanding of the coronavirus including how it spreads and the deadly effects.

“Only then can we inculcate the correct attitude in society to prevent further spread of the virus.

“This includes basic preventive measures such and hand hygiene, use of face masks, physical distancing, quarantine and now, vaccination,” he told New Sarawak Tribune on Sunday (April 18).

On the imposition of an enhanced movement control order (EMCO) at Taman Mesra Bako until May 1, Dr Hazland said the people there must understand the gravity of the situation and cooperate to prevent the disease from spread farther.

“This is the strongest and most effective weapon that society has against the virus which has affected not only health but also the economy, politics and social order.

At the same time, Dr Hazland who is Divisional Disaster Management Committee (DDMC) coordinator for coastal Kuching, Samarahan and Lundu said information on disease prevention must be disseminated consistently.

“This is through the various electronic media, public announcements, posters, brochures and billboards,” he said.

He said village heads and village committees must be empowered to enforce the standard operating procedures (SOPs).

“The community must fully cooperate for their own safety. Together we can prevent and control the infections,” he said.