Don’t panic buy, Mukah Resident advises people to prevent crowding in supermarkets

Shoppers queuing up outside a supermarket to get daily essentials following MCO in Sarawak.

MUKAH, May 29: There is no need to resort to panic buying or rush to stockpile food and daily necessities amidst Movement Control Order (MCO) in order to prevent crowding in supermarkets that could increase the risk of a Covid-19 outbreak.

Giving this advice, Mukah Division Resident Hamdiah Bakir, who is also its Division Disaster Management Committee (DDMC) chairman, warned that if Covid-19 cases spike, healthcare workers will not be able to focus on carrying out vaccination drives.

“Instead, they will need to focus on contacts tracing and treating Covid-19 patients.

“This will not only be wasting time and energy but also has a big impact on the community and would indirectly disrupt or affect the delivery of vaccine shots which is targeted at 2,000 people a day,” she said.

Hamdiah emphasised that if the healthcare teams are not tied down with tasks on active case detection (ACD) and at Low-Risk Quarantine Centres (PKRC), it will allow them to focus on vaccination drive with plans to open up health clinics in Balingian, Igan and Betanak as vaccination centres.

In addition, she hopes that Disaster Management Committee members will continue to play their roles in ensuring and tightening standard operating procedures (SOP) compliance among the community to prevent further infections especially in Mukah.

Meanwhile, Mukah District Police chief DSP Muhamad Rizal Alias pointed out that a task force team from Mukah Police Station led by KPB Mukah has been mobilised to main supermarkets in Mukah since yesterday to monitor the situation together with enforcement team from Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) Mukah Division. — DayakDaily