Next few weeks most critical

Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian

KUCHING: The health authorities have had their share of successes and failures in containing the Covid-19 pandemic in Sarawak after one year of handling the infectious disease.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said throughout the last year, while Sarawak had seen its best spirit to contain Covid-19, it had also seen varying public responses.

“We were in uncharted waters as none of us had ever experienced this pandemic. We had to undergo a steep learning curve where we had our share of successes and failures. 

“Twelve months on, all of us are exhausted, fatigued, suffered hardships, some even burned out, depressed, frustrated and continued with the usual finger pointing.

“But salute and thanks to fellow Sarawakians and all the frontliners for your understanding, cooperation, sacrifices and solidarity. We must stay strong to fight the war of our generation – Covid-19,” he said.

Dr Sim, who is also Local Government and Housing Minister, added, “While the end of the pandemic may be in sight, its most dangerous period is now.

“Next two or three weeks will be the most critical in the war with Covid-19 for Sarawak,” he said in a Facebook post.

In recalling the first SDMC meeting on Covid-19 which was then unnamed, Dr Sim said he first shared with Deputy Chief Minister and SDMC chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas news of the virus during Chinese New Year.

“I shared with him that this new virus, which started from Wuhan and behaved like SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome), had reached Malaya and that we needed  to have a meeting.

“One year on, we had seen the good, the bad, the ugly — as some still prefer politicking rather than saving lives — and the best spirit of Sarawak,” he said.