Covid-19 active case detection gets underway in Taman Desa Ilmu and Uni Garden

Medical personnel interviewing a resident during the house-to-house screening at Uni Garden.

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KOTA SAMARAHAN, April 28: Active Case Detection (ACD) operations for Covid-19 at Taman Desa Ilmu and Uni Garden here has begun.

Initiated by the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC), the operations are aimed at detecting any positive cases, tracing close contacts of positive cases and conducting Covid-19 screenings in the two housing areas.

It is estimated that there are 5,300 homes with a total population of about 35,000 people in these areas.

Medical personnel taking a swab sample at the Masjid Taman Desa Ilmu drive-through.

A total of 50 teams from 20 government agencies including Ministry of Health (MOH), Sarawak Department of Health (JKNS), Samarahan Health district, Samarahan district office, police, People’s Volunteer Corps (Rela), Civil Defence Force (APM), Ministry of Local Government and Housing, and personnel from North Kuching, Kota Samarahan and Padawan local councils, were involved in the operations.

The teams were divided into two categories, namely screening centre where people can get tested or swab samples taken at Masjid Taman Desa Ilmu or Uni Garden night market drive-through, and medical personnel performing house-to-house screening.

Medical personnel on duty at the Masjid Taman Desa Ilmu drive-through.

Yesterday, SDMC chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said the operations will commence from April 27-30.

“Both locations were selected as they’ve recorded 20 positive cases and two deaths within the last 14 days,” Uggah said, adding that ACD is not a form of enhanced movement control order (EMCO). — DayakDaily