Kuching Covid-19 One-Stop Centre registers highest daily record of 1,485 samples; frontliners pulling OT

The MOH staff are photographed still packing the overwhelming swab samples until late at night at the COSC in Kuching.

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By Nur Ashikin Louis

KUCHING, May 21: The Covid-19 One-Stop Centre (COSC) at the Kuching South City Council’s (MBKS) Community Hall here recorded the highest daily record of 1,485 samples taken yesterday (May 20) with 1,185 drive-through PCR testing.

Local Government and Housing Minister Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian said due to the overwhelming number of swab tests, the Ministry of Health (KKM) staff had to work over time (OT) until late at night.

He also disclosed that the MOH had issued a record of 930 Quarantine Order (QO). Following this, the Divisional Health Office always encountered delay in serving the QO since they had to go from house-to-house.

“By 11pm, the Health personnel were still packing the potentially Covid-19 positive PCR swabs at the Centre.

“After the packing was finally done, the cleaners will have to come in with their PPE (personal protective equipment), to get the place clean and ready for another day.

“The lab technicians in Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) and Pusat Jantung Sarawak will need to work overnight to get the results of PCR swabs out in order to get the positive cases isolate, quarantine or admit to Low-Risk Treatment Centre (PKRC) or SGH in order to save them from Covid-19 and curb the spread of infection.

“Therefore, we beg your understanding and forgiveness for the traffic jam and delay,” he said in a Facebook post at midnight.

Dr Sim further said that he would patiently wait for the report of all the activities of COSC for the day including whether the staff are overstretched and overworked. This is so that he could arrange for help and support as well as address the issues that arise in order to guarantee a smooth operation the next day.

“The COSC is operating seven days a week. Although the official operation hours is 9am to 5pm for weekdays, the actual work for the frontliners starts as early as 8am until everything is done late at night.

“While the frontliners are playing their parts, we must also play our role and do our part in our war with Covid-19 especially when more and more variants arriving into Sarawak from West Malaysia,” he added. — DayakDaily