Purpose-built facilities should be set up to contain coronavirus: Idris Buang

Datuk Idris Buang

KUCHING, Jan 28: Separate facilities to quarantine suspected or confirmed cases of Wuhan coronavirus (nCoV) should be set up.

Muara Tuang assemblyman Datuk Idris Buang, who is also Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) information chief, said the facilities should be borne by both Sarawak and federal governments.

He believed that such facilities may stop the spread of the virus.

“Such a facility must be far away and separate from the already crowded and cramped hospitals like Sarawak General Hospital.


“Putting them in those hospitals would be putting other patients and visitors in a vulnerable position,” said Idris in a statement today.

He said to put those infected or suspected to be infected by the virus in a hospital packed with other patients and visitors would increase the chances for the virus to be spread.

“Therefore the facilities or facility should be a totally new establishment even if it is just a makeshift one, such as one made up of containers.

“These containers may be sterile and clean to fit for the purpose and can be quickly and readily installed with basic medical equipment and apparatus .

“This is the time that our relevant government departments and their experts to rise to the situation in a proactive manner,” said Idris. —DayakDaily