Red Crescent member under home quarantine

MIRI: A staff member of the Miri Red Crescent Dialysis Centre (MRCDC) Management Committee who was found positive for Covid-19 on Jan 22 is on a strict home quarantine since Jan 11 after being identified as one of the close contacts to a dialysis patient who was reported Covid-19 positive on Jan 10.

This was revealed in a statement released today (Jan 24).

A meeting on the issue was held by MRCDC on Saturday (Jan 23) which was chaired by the minister-in-charge of the Miri Division Disaster Management Committee (DDMC), Datuk Lee Kim Shin.

Among those present were six doctors who are also members of the committee, including Miri Hospital director Dr Jack Wong.

Further to this latest infection, 11 staff members who are classified as close contacts to the positive staff member have undergone their first screening test on Saturday (Jan 23) and were instructed to undergo home quarantine while waiting for their results.

As an added precaution, all staff of MRCDC have undergone the swab tests at the Miri Indoor Stadium.

The MRCDC committee has also instructed its operations management unit to further enhance the standard operating procedures (SOPs).

These SOPs include requesting all its dialysis patients, their carers and family members to keep themselves safe by only going out of their homes for essential purposes. The same guidelines also apply to MRCDC staff.

MRCDC continues to ensure that SOPs laid down are strictly followed on a daily basis and sanitisation takes place every four hours at the centre.

In addition to this, terminal cleaning of the haemodialysis station takes place after each usage by the patient.

The centre also assures the public that it maintains a continuous state of high vigilance and strict adherence to the SOPs.

The haemodialysis treatment and operations at MRCDC will continue to provide its life-saving treatment to its patients.