Test yourself regularly

Abang Johari speaks during the press conference during his visit to Sri Aman. On his right is Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman and Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas. Photo: Ukas

SIMANGGANG: Sarawakians are encouraged to get themselves tested regularly for Covid-19 with the use of self-test kits.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said by doing so, the people can be aware of their personal health.

“If we have the Covid-19 antigen RTKs (rapid test kits), we can conduct self-test for Covid-19 so that we can check ourselves.

“The Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry as well as the Finance Ministry have said that they are intending to lower the prices of the RTKs.

“This means you can have the test at your own home using the antigen kit,” he said after a briefing on the Covid-19 vaccine rollout to teenagers during his visit to Sri Aman on Saturday (Sept 11).

Asked on the high number of Covid-19 daily cases in the state, Abang Johari said the authorities were conducting swab tests despite most of the cases being in Category 1 (no symptoms).

“With Category 1, the cases are less severe and the patients will be put under home quarantine.

“That being said, what the community has to do now is to look after themselves and their own health. But in terms of record, we will continue to record the positive cases,” he said.

Meanwhile, state Health director Datuk Dr Mohamed Sapian Mohamed said testing would continue to be conducted on possible Covid-19 positive cases.

He said currently, the policy was to put less severe Covid-19 cases (Category 1 and Category 2) under home quarantine.

“We have a team that will monitor these patients two times a day through virtual means. If they do not respond to our call, we will go to their residences,” he said.