by Nancy Nais
KUCHING, May 17: Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) has intensified efforts to break the chain of Covid-19 infections by carrying out public sanitation operations non-stop, especially red zone areas.
Since Sarawak came under the Movement Control Order (MCO) on March 18, followed by the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) which is scheduled to end on June 9, disinfecting commonly touched surfaces has been one of the effective ways to help d curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Bomba Sarawak assistant director (operations) Tiong Ling Hii said one of the department’s main focus especially in Covid-19 red zones, were kindergartens, nurseries and child care centres in Kuching and Samarahan districts.
“We have a task force just for this category. They have successfully sanitised about 91 per cent of registered kindergartens, nurseries or child care centres in Kuching and Samarahan within two weeks.
“As for statewide, we have conducted a total of 38 sanitation operations involving 631 outlets. These outlets were in Kuching (465), Bau (84), Samarahan (65), Asajaya (6), Bintulu (9), Sarikei (1) and Kapit (1),” Tiong revealed in a statement.
He added that to-date, 4,849 firefighters wearing face masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE) have swept through public places, sanitising surfaces to kill viral particles that might linger on them.
Apart from their core firefighting and rescue tasks, these teams and firefighters’ schedules have been occupied with sanitation operations, spraying low-concentration bleach and water mixtures on a daily basis.
The disinfection teams have also descended upon government buildings (244), public markets (62), buildings for religious purposes (113), transportation (75), hotels (24), assembly areas (69), residential units (35), supermarkets (34) and factories (2). — DayakDaily