State fire chief cautions public to observe pandemic SOP seriously

Datuk Amar Juma'ani Tun Tuanku Bujang (middle) presenting the kits to a fireman while Khirudin looks on.

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SIBU, Oct 22: People should strictly adhere to the current standard operating procedure (SOP) implemented to flatten the Covid-19 curve even though they see frontliners freely and openly carrying out their duties at public places.

The State Bomba director, Khirudin Drahman said this after witnessing the handing over of Covid-19 prevention kits here today to Bomba and Civil Defence Force personnel.

“Do not take the pandemic situation lightly as the impact of the third wave is believed to be more serious than the first two,” he cautioned while speaking during the event.

On hand to present the kits that included electrical appliances was the Sarawak Chief Minister’s wife, Datuk Amar Juma’ani Tun Tuanku Bujang.

“I urge the people to give attention to the SOP issued by the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) as many people are still not aware that frontliners like firemen, Rela, policemen and healthcare personnel have to be out there at work to help curb the spread of the infection.

“We too have a family but as our service is needed in critical areas we have to be out there working tirelessly as frontliners,” he said.

He also urged the public to maintain SOP guidelines like wearing masks in public places, washing hands frequently and to maintain social distancing to keep the infection at bay.

He said since the movement control order (MCO) was enforced on March 18, the department had up to Oct 21 conducted a total of 1,799 sanitising programmes at public facilities and at the homes of infected patients.

The other work carried out by the department includes transporting health workers to Long Dalih in the Northern Region of the state to conduct swab tests on the rural population there.

“We have also undertaken disaster relief work, and have carried out 165 missions to relocate patients and dispatch food aid by air to remote areas,” he added.

According to him, the fire department has also provided logistics assistance to students returning home from West Malaysia. – DayakDaily