Keeping public areas sanitised


MPKL personnel disinfecting the Pasar Awam Banting in Jalan Sentosa. The council says it disinfects all public markets twice weekly.

SHAH Alam City Council (MBSA) stepped up its disinfection exercise and monitoring of business premises since the conditional movement control order was enforced last year, and had stated that it would continue those measures throughout this year.

“In an effort to contain the spread of Covid-19 in Shah Alam, MBSA also took the initiative to conduct sanitisation at commercial centres, police stations and other public places.

“These exercises are carried out by MBSA’s Environmental Health Department, ” said MBSA Corporate and Public Relations head Shahrin Ahmad.

MBSA enforcement officers checking on SOP compliance at a shop in Shah Alam.MBSA enforcement officers checking on SOP compliance at a shop in Shah Alam.

The council is also monitoring business premises such as restaurants, grocery stores, convenience stores and petrol stations in its jurisdiction to ensure the owners comply with government guidelines and standard operating procedures (SOP) such as using face masks, providing hand sanitiser, physical distancing, contact tracing measures and temperature checks.

“Between March and December last year, our officers inspected 274,545 premises and issued 352 notices and 3,702 compounds, ” said Shahrin.

“The notices and compounds were issued for licensing, cleanliness and other offences under the Local Government Act 1976 (Act 171) and MBSA Bylaws on Trade, Industry and Business Licenses, Advertisement, Food Handling and Food Establishment.”

He added that the council would continue its disinfection exercise and monitoring of business premises to ensure people complied with the SOP.

Selangor

KUALA LANGAT Municipal Council (MPKL) said it would continue conducting disinfection exercises at areas that were often frequented by the public.

Its Corporate and Society Development director Hishamuddin Ismail said those areas included government premises, wet markets and bus stops.

“The council has been doing this every day since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic last year and we will continue for the foreseeable future.”

He confirmed that the Pasar Awam Banting in Jalan Sentosa would remain closed until further notice.

He said the council would await further instructions from the Kuala Langat District Health Office before reopening the market.

The market was ordered to close on Dec 29 by Selangor Health director Datuk Dr Sha’ari Ngadiman, to allow for disinfection and contact tracing.

He said the market had failed to abide by safety measures such as the lack of physical distancing, failure to conduct disinfection thrice a day and not keeping a record of Covid-19 symptoms among workers.

MPAJ’s Covid-19 task force focuses on sanitising high touchpoint areas such as playgrounds.MPAJ’s Covid-19 task force focuses on sanitising high touchpoint areas such as playgrounds.

Council president Datuk Amirul Azizan Abd Rahim, in a separate statement, said MPKL sanitised all markets twice a week.

“The police are also doing regular rounds of markets in the Kuala Langat district to ensure all traders and customers abide by the safety measures, ” he said.

PETALING JAYA City Council (MBPJ) said it carried out disinfection once a week at all council-owned markets and food courts.

Its spokesman said if a case was detected at any of the council assets, the disinfection exercise would be conducted immediately.

The council also disinfects its assets such as the playground and public toilets on a rotation basis.

Prior to the announcement of the extended MCO on Monday morning, MBPJ disinfected its kindergarten — Pusat Perkembangan Minda Kanak-Kanak — in anticipation of schools reopening.

“We disinfected the council’s nursery on Monday morning.

“The areas are vacated before disinfection work is carried out.

“We also disinfect railings on bridges and generally spots that people would have had contact with, ” said the spokesman.

He added that the council would continue to actively carry out disinfection of public areas during the MCO.

In KAJANG, the municipal council (MPKj) carried out Covid-19 disinfection operation at Menara MPKj over three days from Jan 6.

The council said it was to ensure the well-being and health of MPKj employees as well as to enforce Covid-19 prevention measures.

It also conducted disinfection operations at various locations within the municipality in the last few days of December.

On Dec 29 and 30, its Health and Municipal Services Department comprising 58 employees from its vector and environment units sanitised the entire premises of MPKj headquarters, its branch office in Metro Avenue, the council’s nurseries as well as its revenue offices at the Kajang Terminal Complex and Bandar Tun Hussein Onn.

MPKj ordered a temporary closure of all these premises to carry out the disinfection exercise.

AMPANG JAYA Municipal Council (MPAJ) has been conducting daily disinfection at key spots since March 29 last year.

As of Jan 11, the council’s Covid-19 task force has disinfected 1,331 locations around the municipality as well as checking on SOP compliance since the start of the MCO.

High touchpoint areas such as playgrounds, bus stops, commercial areas and markets have been undergoing frequent inspections and cleaning.

Federal Territories

Kuala Lumpur CIty Hall (DBKL) conducted disinfection and sanitisation operations in schools all over Kuala Lumpur under the Wilayah Cakna Initiative.

Launched on Jan 6 and continuing until Jan 19, the sanitisation operations are being jointly conducted by DBKL, Kuala Lumpur Fire and Rescue Department,

The teams from DBKL and Kuala Lumpur Fire and Rescue Department being briefed before a sanitisation exercise in Kuala Lumpur.The teams from DBKL and Kuala Lumpur Fire and Rescue Department being briefed before a sanitisation exercise in Kuala Lumpur.

Kuala Lumpur Education Department and the Federal Territories Islamic Affairs Department.

The operations were initially aimed at sanitising premises of schools and their surroundings prior to school reopening before further announcement on the MCO on Monday.

A DBKL spokesman said the sanitisation operations would continue during the MCO.

“Aside from making sure these schools are virus-free, officers involved in the operations will also make sure that the school authorities understand the thorough sanitisation procedures.

“It also helps to increase the awareness of self-hygiene among students and school staff, ” he said.

To date, 220 schools in Kuala Lumpur had been sanitised, including SK Bandar Tasik Selatan in Cheras; SJK(C) Kwong Hon in Jinjang, SJK(C) Imbi in Cheras; SK Brickfields 1 and 2 in Brickfields, SMK Taman Desa in Seputeh; as well as SMK Setapak Indah in Wangsa Maju.

Meanwhile, Putrajaya Corporation (PjC) said it had not stopped its sanitisation activities since March last year in the battle against the spread of Covid-19.

Its Corporate Communications director Tengku Aina Tengku Ismail Shah said PjC had appointed contractors to do daily sanitisation of all public places such as food courts, markets and neighbourhood complexes, especially contact points such as door handles and elevator buttons.

“This is done on top of the instruction to business operators to sanitise their areas after operation hours every day.”

She said PjC was committed to improving its sanitisation efforts, especially in high-risk places such as workplaces and places frequented by the community.

She added that this was in response to instructions from Health Ministry as well as the need to sanitise the various places.

“Since the start of the year, PjC has sanitised a number of government complexes, government quarters, surau in residential areas and residential complexes.

“Recent sanitisation operations were conducted at the Prime Minister’s Department, the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry, Putrajaya police headquarters, PjC Complex and Putra Harmoni Flats.

“Also in the list are the Surau Al-Aziz in Precinct 11, Surau Al-Rahman in Precinct 16 and Surau Al-Amin in Precinct 8.

“The Putrajaya Fire Department has also been helping PJC with the sanitisation work, ” said Tengku Aina.

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