Relaxed compliance with SOPs causes case surge


KUCHING: A new spike in the number of cases in Bintulu was attributed to the growing lax attitude of the people towards the public health standard operating procedures (SOPs).

Bintulu MP Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing said this has taken Bintulu to a stage where it is facing high number of deaths with new daily cases hovering between 300 and 400.

“This is the result of people being over-eager to let their guard down and failed to comply with the SOPs. These people need to ask if they are willing to trade their health for their livelihood.

“The authorities had repeatedly tried to implement strict policies based on a scientific approach to pandemic prevention. But it has been repeatedly rejected in favour of a uniform procedure used throughout the country,” he said yesterday (Sept 26).

Tiong lamented the federal Ministry of Health’s insistence on a uniform national approach to the pandemic.

“It is clear that the minister is more enthusiastic about responding to public opinion rather than fighting the pandemic using scientific means.

“There are times when we can yield to public interest but there are other matters on which we cannot compromise because public health is still the main priority,” he said.

The MP said he received calls from people who are worried about spreading the virus to their relatives living under the same roof, asking for urgent hospitalisation or isolation from their homes.

“I am doing what I can to help these people by sourcing for empty hospital beds. The current surge in Bintulu has filled all the hospital beds.

“The quarantine centres are unable to take in the large numbers of close contacts and patients with mild symptoms.

“I can only hope that everyone will work together to prevent more outbreaks and transmissions. We must work together to save lives and take care of our family,” he said.

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