More than 1,100 drive-thru PCR tests conducted in two days at OSC

Front row, from right: Wee, Dr Sim, Uggah, Aaron, Ik Pahon and Dr Chin pose for a group photo with other participants after attending a briefing at the operation room of the Covid-19 One Stop Centre at MBKS Community Hall today (May 4, 2021).

By Adrian Lim

KUCHING, May 4: More than 1,100 drive-thru polymerase chain reaction (PCR) Covid-19 swab tests were conducted in the first two days of operation of the Covid-19 One-Stop Centre (OSC) located at MBKS Community Hall here which began operating yesterday.

State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian said there were 500 drive-thru PCR swab tests performed on the first day and another 600 tests as at 1pm today.

“Drive thru Day 1 ~500 PCR swabs and drive thru Day 2 ~600 PCR swabs (by 1 pm)

“Heartiest congratulations to this multi agency OSC which was up and running from discussion to operational in 5 days. We can do it when we come together.

“Thank you very much to the dedicated staff for four to five hours of personal protective equipment (PPE) with all the sweats (sic) underneath per shift, the inconveniences and disruption to the work routine for the benefits of our people, fellow Sarawakian (sic),” he said in a Facebook post earlier tonight.

Meanwhile, Dr Sim explained that the Covid-19 OSC here provides six component services.

They include screening for Covid-19 and taking PCR swabs, acting as a Covid-19 Assessment Centre to assess those under Categories 1 and 2 for home quarantine, conducting investigation and contact tracing, enforcement units, helpdesk or hotlines, and transportation (for retrieving positive cases, quarantine orders and enforcement).

Earlier, Dr Sim was joined by SDMC chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, SDMC deputy chairman Datu Ik Pahon Joyik, Deputy Health Minister II Datuk Aaron Ago Dagang, State Health Department director Dr Chin Zin Hing and Kuching South City Council (MBKS) mayor Dato Wee Hong Seng during his working visit to the OSC this afternoon. — DayakDaily