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SIBU, April 27: A leader in the police SOP monitoring team had not been vaccinated yet when he contracted Covid-19.
Confirming this, Sibu district police chief ACP Stanley Jonathan Ringgit today said the patient was not among the frontliners who had received the vaccine.
The patient with a rank of assistant superintendent of police (ASP) had been actively involved in monitoring standard operating procedures (SOPs) since the Movement Control Order was enforced on March 18 last year.
In a WhatsApp message to his contacts, the ASP said he was admitted to the Sibu Hospital Intensive Care Unit (ICU) on April 23 after he tested positive for the coronavirus.
“The virus has attacked my lungs and makes it difficult to breath normally. I am doing my best to fight this disease,” said the ASP who is breathing with the aid of a ventilator.
He also appealed to all frontliners, especially those in Covid-19 red zones such as Sibu, to take care of themselves while on duty.
“Wear face masks and follow the SOPs on duty to prevent contracting the virus. This virus is not visible and can attack our lungs in the flash of a moment. Take care of our life because if we are not strong it will interfere with the respiratory system,” he advised.
He also said he is in the Covid-19 ICU ward alone and being monitored closely by the hospital staff..
He also apologised to all his bosses, senior officers and colleagues who have worked with him.
“Forgive my sins. And I apologise if I’m wrong. Pray I can fight this virus. So far I have been able to fight as a PDRM frontliner since this case struck us last year. Forgive me all. I love you all. Pray we can all meet again,” he wrote.
On Feb 27, more than 3,500 frontliners here were vaccinated in the first phase of the vaccination programme.
They comprised frontliners from the Ministry of Health (KKM), the police, army and People’s Volunteer Corps (Rela).
The second phase on April 10 involved 924 recipients who were senior citizens aged 75 and above from the high risk group, comprising those with comorbidities and 140 frontliners who are health workers. — DayakDaily