By Adrian Lim
KUCHING, April 19: Sarawak Health Department will contact 2,484 individuals in the state capital who may have close contact with Covid-19 patients to go for a health screening.
According to the State Disaster Management Committee, a total of 6,022 close contact individuals have been identified in the Kuching Division. Of the number, a total of 3,538 people have performed their Covid-19 fever triage test.
“It is of utmost importance for all close contacts with Covid-19 patients to be screened in order to break the chain of infection in Sarawak. The close contacts who have yet to do so, will be contacted through telephone and are required to perform the fever triage test.
“They will be notified by officers from the state Health Department through telephone calls starting tomorrow (April 20),” the committee said in a statement.
It added that officers will provide instructions to the close contacts on their next course of action.
The committee said close contacts in the Kuching Division will be the first to undergo the fever triage health screening as Kuching recorded the highest number of Covid-19 positive cases.
Deputy chief minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas announced last Wednesday (April 15) that the committee has formed four taskforces to curb the spread of Covid-19 in Sarawak.
Former state Health director Dr Jamilah Hashim will head the first task force to accelerate the flattening of the curve of Covid-19.
“The priority of the task force is to identify and trace close contact of Covid-19 patients who have yet to be screened for Covid-19, while urging them to come forward immediately to be screened,” the statement continued. — DayakDaily