SOP non-compliance main cause of Covid-19 spread among villagers


KUCHING: The complacent attitude of some people with regard to SOP compliance is the main cause in the spread of Covid-19 among villagers, said Samarahan Resident Brahim Lumpu.

“Villagers are now seen to pay less attention in wearing face masks, practising physical distancing as well as not being aware and not understanding the importance of complying with the set SOPs.

“In fact, some of them can be seen hanging out, visiting their neighbours’ houses and so on as if nothing has happened. That is why the virus is spreading like wildfire in villages.

“I don’t blame them as I believe that this issue can be combated. We must improve their knowledge on the virus and its effects in order to achieve that,” he added in his speech at the Samarahan District-level Community Policing Programme at Dewan Sri Samarahan Institut Pendidikan Guru Kampus Tun Abdul Razak (IPGKTAR) here yesterday (Oct 5). 

Participation amongst villagers in the Community Policing Programme played a key role in preventing the spread of Covid-19 in villages located throughout the state, said Brahim.

He pointed out that participants from villages tended to be more aware of the real situation on the ground which also allowed them to maintain the safety of their respective villages.

“If they fail to take good care of their villages and are unable to instil standard operating procedure (SOP) compliance, it means that we have failed in our efforts to curb the spread of Covid-19 at the village level.

“The foundation that we want to build is for them to take care of their family members, neighbours and eventually all villagers. If the villages are okay (and there are no Covid-19 transmissions), the districts will also be okay. And if the districts are okay, that means the state is alright as well,” he added.

 Also present were Kota Samarahan District Police Headquarters Head of Crime Prevention and Community Safety Division ASP Austin Patrick Angkon and Samarahan District Officer Anuar Da’an.  

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