Public health intervention still needed

Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian

KUCHING: A number of public health intervention measures still need to be implemented in the new normal with Covid-19.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said this is crucial to contain the spread of the pandemic despite the ongoing vaccine rollout.

“Vaccination passport or having two doses of Covid-19 vaccines does mean immunity. As we will need to live with the virus, even after vaccination, we still need the public health interventions,” he said in a Facebook post last Saturday.

Dr Sim said this includes the Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs) which need to adapt to the current situation as the virus keeps mutating.

He added the people must practice personal hygiene and wear face mask when in public places.

Dr Sim said that for enclosed spaces, air flow and filtration; high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters are needed along with physical and social distancing.

On the high vaccination numbers achieved by Sarawak, the Local Government and Housing Minister lauded the role of the public for turning up for vaccinations.

“Vaccinations will bring down the chance of infections and its severity if infected, along with the number of deaths,” he said.

He said it is a testament to Sarawak’s spirit of solidarity against Covid-19 despite being handicapped by limited human resources.