More sanitation personnel deployed


  • Metro News
  • Tuesday, 12 May 2020

Students getting ready to be transported back to their hometowns throughout Sarawak.

MIRI: The manpower involved in public sanitisation operations throughout Sarawak has been beefed up substantially.

Some 7,000 men and women from numerous agencies from the Federal and state governments had now been roped into the sanitisation operations, up from about 5,000 two weeks ago.

Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department, which is leading the operations, said in its latest updates that it had deployed nearly 4,000 personnel.

The rest of the manpower is from Health Ministry, Civil Defence Unit, Rela, army, police, district offices and voluntary groups that have been trained in sanitisation procedures.

“At least 451 rounds of sanitisation operations have been conducted so far,” said the department.

The operations were giving

special focus to sanitising public transport vehicles such as buses and vans used to ferry students from

universities, colleges and school hostels back home.

More than 3,000 students have been transported to their hometowns since the Federal Government gave the go-ahead on May 1 for them to leave in stages. Those from Kuching coming back to Miri have to travel about 1,000km.

The sanitisation process involves disinfecting not just the buses and vans transporting these students but also their luggage, the assembly halls they were gathered in and all the transit points.

Before departing, students were briefed by security personnel and had to undergo health screenings.

Students are to be under self-quarantine for 14 days upon reaching their hometowns.

The ops teams also sanitised wet markets, public buildings, offices, shopping complexes and places of worship.

Sarawak is battling the Covid-19 pandemic that has seen 17 deaths and 543 positive cases in the state so far.

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