Datuk Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali

KUCHING: In efforts to curb the spread of Covid-19, adhering to the standard operating procedures (SOPs) and health guidelines is more important than allowing teachers or education officers to return and serve in their respective home states, said Deputy Health Minister Datuk Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali.

“It does not matter whether they are teaching in West Malaysia or Sarawak, nor does it matter whether they are teaching in urban or rural areas.

“What is important is for Malaysians to comply with the SOPs and follow the health guidelines set by the Ministry of Health (MOH) every day,” he said.  

He said this during the Dewan Negara sitting in Putrajaya on Tuesday (Sept 8) in reply to a question from Senator Robert Lau Hui Yew on whether MOH intended to allow teachers from Sarawak and other states to serve in their respective home states in order to reduce interstate movement.

At the same time, he said that the government had implemented several approaches to ensure that green zones remained green while yellow zones converted to green zones.

He noted that Covid-19 was a new disease with the World Health Organisation (WHO) stating that there was no specific drug or vaccine found yet.

Meanwhile, Dr Noor Azmi said that free Covid-19 testing would only be carried out when needed, such as for high risk areas or individuals.

“The team from the District Health Office will make a risk assessment for the implementation of Covid-19 testing. Currently, tests are only conducted on individuals with symptoms and who are high risk,” he said.

He said that for the time being, there was no need to prepare free and periodic Covid-19 testing services for school teachers, unless the school was located within areas of enhanced movement control order (EMCO).