Take care, medical frontliners told

Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian

KUCHING: The medical personnel working at the front lines to contain Covid-19 are advised to take necessary precautions to prevent any unwanted infections of the virus among themselves.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said the Sarawak Health Department was advised to instruct its frontliners to be vigilant at all times.

“Treat everyone as Covid-19 positive till proven otherwise. We can’t keep on having medical frontliners infected by Covid-19. 

“Medical frontliners are hard to replace overnight and (being unknowingly infected) you may potentially put patients at risk as well,” he said in a Facebook post.

In the meantime, Dr Sim also thanked asymptomatic patients for coming forward to be tested despite not being related to any active contact tracing by the authorities.

“Although (more cases will turn out) positive, your action will greatly help to stop Covid-19 and it also helps save lives through early detection and treatment,” he said.

Dr Sim also urged those who were exposed to Covid-19 or had been to high risk areas to be assessed and get themselves tested at any health clinic in the state.

He also advised Sarawakians to minimise their travel and adopt the new norms to help contain the spread of the virus, adding that it needed the help of everyone to fight Covid-19.