Third PKRC in a week set up at CIDB Hall to prepare for Covid-19 surge in Kuching, Samarahan

Workers working to assemble bed frames at the PKRC set up at CIDB Hall. Photo credit: Dr Sim Kui Hian's Facebook page

By Karen Bong

KUCHING, June 3: Preparation has begun on another Quarantine and Low-Risk Centre (PKRC) as workers have been toiling around the clock at the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) Hall in Petra Jaya here to get the site ready by this weekend.

Minister for Local Government and Housing Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian emphasised that this temporary facility is the third under the management of Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) being set up in a week in view of the surge of Covid-19 cases in Kuching and Samarahan.

“It is all down to teamwork by the Department of (Public) Works (JKR), Resident Office and State Health Department to rush the set-up of this PKRC.

“The teamwork truly demonstrates the Sarawak spirit of solidarity and united efforts between Federal and Sarawak (governments in the fight against the Covid-19),” he shared in a Facebook post today.

Dr Sim (in yellow shirt) visits the CIDB Hall which will be used as a PKRC. Photo credit: Dr Sim Kui Hian’s Facebook page

Dr Sim, who is also State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor, pointed out that it does not matter whether it is the federal or Sarawak governments, but the focus and priority is on the people of Sarawak.

“Not time and not the time for politicking.

“Extremely grateful to our medical frontliners (who have been) stretched to the thin in their line of duty but there must be a breaking point before the system collapses,” he added.

Dr Sim has personally visited the site to inspect the ongoing preparation at the CIDB Hall.

Meanwhile, Dewan KBS and Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas)’s Rafflesia College are the other two sites which have been turned into PKRCs.

Seen are rows of chairs arranged in a hall of a third PKRC in preparation of Covid-19 spike in Kuching and Samarahan. Photo credit: Dr Sim Kui Hian’s Facebook page

Kuching has been the district with the most new Covid-19 cases recorded in Sarawak for six consecutive days now with three-digit increases daily and 136 alone today from the total of 594 cases recorded throughout Sarawak in the last 24 hours. Samarahan also added 13 more cases today.

There are 16 active clusters in Kuching namely Block D Jalan Pending with total 54 cases and zero active cases remaining, Jalan Stadium Negeri (total 64, active cases 9), Bako Hilir (total 21, active cases 0), Stapok Resettlement Scheme (total 32, active cases 3), Jalan Rubber (total 15, active cases 5), Singgahsana Lodge (total 14, active cases 0), Kampung Boyan (total 37, active cases 2), Jalan Sultan Tengah (total 6, active cases 0), Kenyalang Park (total 35, active cases 14), Jalan Simpang Tiga (total 53, active cases 14), Taman Sourabaya Indah (total 9, active cases 4), Jalan Jambatan Gantung (total 9, active cases 0), Kampung Semerah Padi (total 28, active cases 11), Jalan Sukma (total 11, active cases 9), Semariang Academy (total 15, active case 0), and Muara Tabuan (total 238, active cases 197).

Samarahan has two active clusters namely Jalan Endap Sawit with total 40 cases and 30 active cases remaining and Tanjung Bundong (total 22, active cases 19). — DayakDaily