By ILONA ANDREW
KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah State Health Department (JKNS) has conducted Covid-19 screening on workers at high-risk localities and hospitals to improve its surveillance system.
State Health Director Datuk Dr Christina Rundi said, the surveillance system is important in the disease management as it provides crucial information like incidents and the rate of fatality.
“A total of 16,794 samples have been taken from residents in the high-risk localities which involve eight districts across the state. From the number, 30 positive cases were detected.
“A total of 4,584 health personnel, security guards, and support service staff in several hospitals were also screened following the Covid-19 cluster incident among healthcare workers and out of the numbers, 43 workers were tested positive,” she said in a statement on Thursday.
According to Christina, the latest confirmed Covid-19 case in Tawau was categorised as an imported case whose sample was taken at the arrival hall of Tawau International Airport.
“The woman who boarded a commercial flight from Kuala Lumpur with her families had been placed in a quarantine centre upon her arrival in Tawau. She was admitted in the Tawau Hospital on Tuesday,” she said.
On May 26, a total of 1,148 arrived in Sabah via 16 commercial flights, including four specially chartered flights that carried 1,148 varsity students from the peninsula to Kota Kinabalu.
Meanwhile, 142 people at the entry point of Merapok-SIndumin and 197 people at the Menumbok Ferry Terminal were screened, where samples of 197 individuals were taken for Covid-19 tests.
New changes to JKNS’ existing services will also be introduced which include designated lanes for staff and visitors, screening and filling up of declaration forms.
“Those measures will be the new standard operating procedures of the health facilities in Sabah and the public is urged to cooperate and accept these changes to help the state fight off Covid-19,” she said.
She also commended the “Bring Your Own Pen” campaign implemented in Telupid where the public uses their own pen to write down their details before entering any premises.