Test early, treat early

Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian

KUCHING: Get yourself tested immediately.

This is the best thing to do for those who have been exposed to Covid-19 infected cases. It also applies to those who suspect they might be infected.

The advice came from Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian who said with early testing, treatment can be expedited.

“We lost another six Sarawakians to Covid-19 (on Friday), we have officially passed the toll of 200 deaths. My deepest condolences to the families.

“In fact, taking the other 72 Sarawakians who were Covid-19 positive but who were classified by medical experts and the Health Ministry to have died of other causes; we will approach 300 cases of deaths soon.

“Test early, treat early and save lives,” he said in a Facebook post on Friday, commenting on the death toll in Sarawak due to Covid-19.

The Local Government and Housing Minister also observed that Covid-19 cases in central Sarawak stemmed from movements by the people between urban area and longhouses.

“I was told that few longhouses were affected by Covid-19 more than once with about 20 percent of them involving those aged less than twelve years old.

“This is shocking as the majority affected by the current wave is aged between 20 to 40 years old,” he said.

Dr Sim said it is tremendously challenging for everyone all over the world to contain Covid-19. He said the people are tired, exhausted, experienced tremendous suffering, hardships, frustration and are stressed out mentally and emotionally.

“Yet, there is no magical solution to this. Vaccine will not end Covid-19 but those vaccinated will be less infected, have less severe symptoms and with less chance of death,” he said.

He urged Sarawakians to register for vaccination, adding that that the state was expecting to receive one million vaccine dose in June and another one million vaccine dose in July.