2,484 Covid-19 close contacts urged to undergo tests without delay: Dr Yii

Tan, Yii and Yong presenting the PPE to the frontline health workers.

KUCHING, Apr 21: Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii has urged the 2,484 close contacts of Covid-19 cases in Sarawak who have yet to be screened to come forward and undergo the tests immediately.

“I would like to encourage them as well as others who may have contact with PUIs (persons-under-investigation) to be screened and tested in the various screening centres.

“It is our collective responsibility to protect not just ourselves, but the people around us,” he said in a press release today.

Dr Yii also urged the community to not stigmatise, accuse or blame people who were suspected of having the virus but give them the encouragement and support to take the brave and responsible step to go for testing.

“We must heal together as a nation, get through this battle together and help our nation recover its health and economy,” he added.

He also highlighted the importance of supporting the mental health besides the physical well being of people during this crisis period in order to enable them to rebuild the nation economically later.

“Studies have shown that mental health has an impact on workers’ productivity and ability at work. That is why it is important that we approach the handling of the impact of the pandemic on both approaches – physical and mental side of the patients.

Meanwhile, Dr Yii together with Pending assemblywoman Violet Yong and former Stampin MP Julian Tan handed over 100 personal protective equipment (PPE) worth RM8,000 as well as 50 units of 3D-printed face shields produced by Tan for frontline workers combating Covid-19 at the Youth and Sports Complex here.

The contributions were to better protect the frontline health who were constantly in contact with suspected case as well as to show appreciation for their sacrifices.—DayakDaily