2,100 people in Kampung Tabuan Lot screened for Covid-19

Uggah (second left) and Minister for Local Government and Housing Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian checking on the medical personnel who perform Covid-19 swab test at Kampung Tabuan Lot multipurpose hall.

KUCHING, May 9: A total of 2,100 people living in 423 houses at Kampung Tabuan Lot performed Covid-19 swab tests today.

The active case detection (ACD) operation was conducted by the State Health Department following the death of a villager from Kampung Tabuan Lot due to Covid-19 last month.

It was the second ACD following the success of the first operation which was carried out at Desa Ilmu and Taman Uni Garden at Kota Samarahan from April 28 to May 3.

State Disaster Management Committee chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said the ACD was being carried out at Kampung Tabuan Lot because a resident from there had died of the sickness recently.

“There is one Person Under Investigation(PUI) case here as well.

“We have yet to link the patient who is now warded at the Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) to any cluster,” Uggah told reporters after visiting the Covid-19 screening centre set up at the village’s multipurpose hall here today.

“We are worried that maybe there are some cases which are yet to be detected here. Therefore we have the ACD here today,” he said, elaborating that the ACD team will go house to house to investigate and kampung folks would be advised to do their screening at the hall.

Uggah stated that that the ACD at Kampung Tabuan Lot involved 171 doctors as well as other medical personnel, the police, members of the Civil Defence Department, the local council and others.

He said that the first ACD operation in Uni Garden and Desa Ilmu in Kota Samarahan following the detection of 20 positive cases and two deaths from those areas had been very fruitful as it helped detect three positive cases.

“If we had not done this, those who are infected but are asymptomatic would be moving around to spread the sickness.”

Uggah revealed that in the first operation at Kota Samarahan, 5,300 homes and 15,583 people had been screened for Covid-19.

He stated that there were 885 residences who had also came forward to give their blood samples.

On another issue, Uggah said over 3,000 individuals had been quarantined in over 2,000 rooms in Kuching so far.

He said he had yet to receive a full report on an individual who was quarantined but started to go berserk and destroy things in a hotel room recently.—DayakDaily