Healthcare workers at screening centre have to “make do” with lack of protective equipment

The Youth and Sports Centre which has been turned into a Covid-19 test centre.

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By Lian Cheng

KUCHING, Mar 27:  Since the Youth and Sports Centre was converted into a Covid-19 Testing Centre five days ago, healthcare workers at the screening centre have already faced a lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) at the centre.

“We make do with what we have.  For example, if there is any lack of disposable shoe covers, we make use of disposable medical hats to be used as disposable shoe covers.

“We have made shoe covers out of disposable gowns.  We just make do with what we have,” said one medical personnel to DayakDaily.

Meanwhile, not everyone can enter the Youth and Sports Centre to receive a Covid-19 test. Only those who may have the possibility of contracting Covid-19 will be allowed to go for Covid-19 tests at the centre.

At the entrance of Youth and Sports Centre, visitors will be questioned by the medical personnel stationed at the gate.

Some of the questions asked include the following:

Do you have fever or cough?
When did you start having a fever and cough?
Have you been in contact with anyone who tested positive for Covid-19?
Have you attended any mass gatherings before this?
Have you travelled overseas recently?
Have you travelled to Peninsular Malaysia?

If all your answers are no, then you will be referred to the nearest clinics.

“This is a highly contagious place.  No one is allowed to go in,” said the medical personnel. —DayakDaily

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