New pandemic response centre coming soon

Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian

KUCHING: Establishing a new Covid-19 response one stop centre (OSC) is in the pipeline for better coordination and cooperation among agencies in Kuching related to the surge of cases here.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said this will serve as a pilot project to other OSCs in Sarawak.

“In order to facilitate, to help contain the spread, and to be prepared in engaging unprecedented Covid-19 cases, a crisis management, a multi-agency Covid-19 OSC will be set up in Kuching.

“This is to ensure efficiency, effectiveness, coordination and most importantly to save lives,” he posted on Facebook on Thursday.

Dr Sim said with the rising Covid-19 cases in the district, the Kuching Division Health Office (DHO) is currently serving a total of 1,000 quarantine orders while having to conduct investigations on each positive cases.

“Thank you to those frontliners, to our unsung heroes who had been overwhelmed, overstretched and overworked,” he said.

Batu Kawa assemblyman also thanked the Kuching DHO and the local authorities for serving 25 compounds to individuals linked to the Icom Cluster.

“After one year, with enough warnings; let actions speak for itself. Though no amount of compound and enforcement will have significant impact, it is the lesson and test of our self-disciplined, so we must play our role and do our part,” he said.

On the three clusters in Kuching that was announced by the Health Ministry, Dr Sim said it is currently defined as involving more than five positive cases and more than one family.

He said the two school clusters and the Cluster Tabuan Melayu announced on Thursday (April 29) are a repeat of past mistakes.

“Each cluster tends to repeat similar history.  Lessons must be learned and there is no need to repeat the same mistakes as it may lead to unnecessary loss of lives to Covid-19.

“We need to prepare for the worse while praying for the best. Every one of us must learn the lesson from (the debilitating Covid-19 situation in) India and take appropriate action,” he said.