SDMC – One year on and fighting

Covid-19 screening for active case detection (ACD) at Kampung Haji Baki today. File photo: Mohd Alif Noni

KUCHING: Today marked the first anniversary of the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) operation in combating Covid-19 pandemic.

Its chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas thanked numerous parties for their cooperation and efforts in the battle against the pandemic.

“Firstly, we want to thank Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg for all his advice and support given to us as we go through this difficult challenge,” he said at SDMC’s Covid-19 update press conference.

He also thanked all frontliners for their high level of commitment and significant sacrifices made in carrying out their duties under such challenging circumstances.

“Our struggle is not over yet; I hope we will continue to work together and try even harder,” he urged.

He also expressed gratitude to all committee members, head of departments, Residents’ Offices, and other authorities throughout the state. 

“We thank the people of Sarawak. We appreciate all your concern, support, and sacrifices. We also thank all donors who have donated, be it in terms of cash or in the form of materials and energy.

“With this support and the people of Sarawak who have given their cooperation to SDMC, we have – to a certain extent – managed to sail through a very stormy sea,” said Uggah, who is also deputy chief minister.

He described the battle against Covid-19 as going through uncharted waters.

“But because everyone has given their cooperation, this has helped us in carrying out programmes and implementing standard operating procedures (SOPs),” he said.

At the same time, he thanked the people who had undergone quarantine at hotels and quarantine centres for their understanding and willingness to go through these measures.

Addressing families who had lost family members due to Covid-19 infection, he expressed condolences on behalf of the committee.

“For those who have recovered from Covid-19, congratulations and we hope that you continue to stay strong, safe, and remain at home,” said Uggah.