By Nancy Nais
ASAJAYA, May 20: Firefighters from the Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba), which was tasked to lead the Covid-19 disinfection operations, not only travel by road, but also river to curb the spread of the pandemic.
Firefighters from Asajaya station recently took a boat trip to Kampung Beliong for disinfection operations at Tabika Kemas and SK Beliong kindergarten.
According to station chief Mosli Salim, a team of nine personnel including seven auxiliary firefighters departed in the morning for a 10-minute boat ride before arriving the village.
The whole process took about three hours for them to complete.
“Apart from our core fire and rescue task, we’ve been conducting disinfection operations statewide since March 30. We are always ready to serve, no matter when, for what, and to whoever, regardless of race and religion,” Mosli said when contacted.
Covid-19 disinfection operations in Malaysia was entrusted to the Ministry for Housing and Local Government (KPKT), as one of the approaches adopted by the government to break the chain of infection, other than the implementation of the movement control order (MCO).
Bomba Sarawak assistant director (operations) Tiong Ling Hii said to date, they had conducted 728 operations, involving public sanitation and disinfection at the epicentres of the infection.
“So far the operations conducted were; 242 in Kuching, 131 in Miri, 58 in Bintulu, 45 in Limbang, 51 in Sarikei, 46 in Kota Samarahan, 28 in Sri Aman, 26 in Kapit, 33 in Sibu, 29 in Betong, 19 in Serian and 18 in Mukah.
“Among the venues disinfected were government buildings (293), public markets (62), religious buildings (119), transportation (76), hotels (26), assembly areas (76), residentials (38), supermarkets (35) and factories (2),” Tiong said in a statement.
He added that a total of 5,193 firefighters have taken part in wearing face masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE), sweeping through public places and wiping down surfaces to kill viral particles that might linger on them.—DayakDaily