Covid-19: Health Ministry Awaits Test Results of Labuan Case

Poon (second right) presents a certificate of appreciation and a trophy to one of the winners of the Anti-Drug Poster Design competition.

By ILONA ANDREW
PENAMPANG: The Sabah Ministry of Health and People’s Wellbeing has yet to obtain information on lab results of the latest suspected Covid-19 case in Labuan, where a couple was detained at the airport on Tuesday after showing symptoms of being infected.

Datuk Frankie Poon said his ministry may be notified on the official test result from the doctor in charge of the case soon.

He however revealed that a new case was reported on Thursday morning but was not certain the case was related to the Labuan case.

On Wednesday BorneoToday reported the couple being detained.

“Whatever the results are, I will inform (the public) on whether it has connection with the case in Labuan,” he said when met by reporters after launching the 37th Penampang Anti-Drug Month Celebration Ceremony at SMK Limbanak, on Thursday.

The husband, a local, and his Chinese national wife were arrested upon arrival from Kuala Lumpur after immigration officers found that recently came back from visiting Xiamen, China.

They have since been placed under quarantine in an isolation room.

Poon puts down his signature on a document as the programme’s launching gimmick.

According to Poon, the ministry receives daily statistics on suspected cases with individuals fulfilling a set of criteria being put aside as Persons Under Investigation (PUI).

“But not all cases are placed under PUI as some of them may not satisfy the criteria.

“For example, a person who has flu but did not go to other states, or had nothing to do with tourists, may not fulfil the criteria that requires him/her to provide his saliva (DNA) to the lab for further examination,” he said, adding that at the moment, only four persons satisfy the criteria for further lab test.

He also assured that thermal screening in Sabah airports is still ongoing for both international and domestic arrivals from other states in Malaysia, including transit flights.

“Our officers, especially from the health department, are on top of everything in what they are doing. If there is a need to examine the passengers, they will go to the airport,” he noted.

The minister also advised members of the public to practice personal hygiene instead of just solely depending on wearing face masks, adding that used masks must also be disposed properly.

“When you touch anything, like door knobs, always remember to wash your hands with soap or at least use hand sanitiser,” he stressed.

Poon with students and teachers of SMK Limbanak pose for a group photo.

Meanwhile, Poon called on government agencies and NGOs to work hand in hand to combat drug abuse in the country.

“Drug addiction would result in an epidemic if no stern actions are taken especially among young generations.

“Drug abuse is not only a domestic issue but a global one which calls for continuous effort to solve it,” he said.

Drugs have differing effects and could lead to addiction and consumption of the substance can cause various infections and mental disorders,” he mentioned.

“It affects one’s daily life in education, career, and social relationships. One addict in a household is enough to destroy the family.”