By ILONA ANDREW
KOTA KINABALU: Measures to improve the quarantine centre at the Kota Kinabalu Sports Complex are constantly taking place and authorities are refining the standard operating procedures (SOP) to ensure the comfort of those required to stay there.
Kota Kinabalu MP Chan Foong Hin and Likas state assemblyman Tan Lee Fatt had personally gone to the centre recently to inspect the centre as well as to meet with the frontliners following recent debates over the suitability of the centre for quarantine purposes.
In a statement on Thursday, Chan said the complaints about the centre received on social media had been forwarded to the authorities in charge.
The DAP lawmaker said he had a virtual meeting with Dr Anba from Queen Elizabeth Hospital, the frontliner doctor in-charge of the quarantine centre on Wednesday (May 27).
The authorities informed that the Psychological First Aid (PFA) QR code has been made available in every cubicle since the beginning as part of the standard operating procedures (SOPs) to ensure the patients’ psychological wellbeing.
On May 18, another QR code has also been made available for all other complaints or feedback regarding the general conditions of the centre.
Besides daily temperature monitoring, consistent supply of clean drinking water is also available at any time since there are a total of eight water dispensers at the centre.
The water dispensers were donated by Minister of Youth and Sports Phoong Jin Zhe.
“Cleaning of the centre is done periodically at every two to three hours of frequency. All beds and linen are brand new and of good quality.
“As for cleanliness and to avoid the spread of Covid-19 in the centre, briefing and constant reminders are given to those quarantined to ensure social distancing and good personal hygiene, both in the cubicle and shared bathrooms, are being practiced,” he said.
Chain said, the quarantine centre recently saw a sudden influx of 120 persons under investigation and surveillance (PUI and PUS) without any prior indication, causing an inadequacy in the centre.
“The centre were indeed caught off guard as there was no prior indication of such influx of patients for quarantine.
“There were indeed a lack of basic rations due to the sudden influx. Food supplies that were supposedly for the staff were given up to the patients,” he explained.
To address the issue, it was decided that all Sabahan students will need to undergo a mandatory Covid-19 test before returning to the state.
“I welcomed the announcement made by Education and Innovation Minister Datuk Dr Yusof Yacob yesterday that all Sabahan students who intend to return to Sabah are required to undergo Covid-19 rapid test before boarding the plane.
“It depends on the Ministry of Health (MoH) personnel at the airports on how it should be done. Therefore, I urge MoH to be stricter on these domestic Malaysian airports, especially for flights bound to Sabah,” Chan said.