By Nancy Nais
KUCHING, June 3: Seven officers from the Health Ministry (MOH) were flown into Long Lamai this morning to conduct Covid-19 screening tests on local residents.
Miri Disaster Management Committee (JPBB) in a statement disclosed that the team went to Long Lamai via mercy flight on an AW139 (9M-BOD) helicopter belonging to the Fire and Rescue Department Malaysia.
The flight departed Miri at 9.17am and the team together with the PCR test kits safely arrived Long Lamai at 10.27am.
The helicopter was piloted by Capt PgB Faridullahamin Mohd Noh who was assisted by co-pilots PgKB II Robert James, PPgB Clive Raymond and PPgB Sarifudin Ladulu; with air quartermaster PBT II Saravanan S. Ramasamy; and two PASKUB PBK II Lufti Mohd Razali and PB Muhamad Ismail Abdullah
The same crew again departed Miri at 4pm to fly the health officers back to Miri.
“Located in the remote areas of Baram, the screening was immediately initiated after a woman had tested positive through Close Contact Detection (ACD) in Miri.
“The woman returned to Miri after attending her mother’s funeral in Long Lamai two weeks ago. Close contacts from identified families have been swabbed and placed at quarantine centers in Miri, pending their laboratory results,” the statement said.
It added that JPBB Miri, MOH and Bomba will conduct detailed investigation and determine further actions to be taken after the assessment team in Long Lamai finishes this evening. — DayakDaily