NGO welcomes idea of Covid-19 test for volunteers


MyRaudhah volunteers during their flood assistance mission in Pahang.

MyRaudhah, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), welcomes the recommendation of Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob’s call for employees or individuals conducting community service programmes in disaster areas to undergo Covid-19 screening.

At the recent floods in Temerloh, Pahang, 40 of the organisation’s volunteers set up camp for three days to do post-flood cleaning activities in Taman Sri Semantan, Kampung Raja Songsang Islamic Cemetery and Kampung Bukit Tingkat, where they distributed donations to 12 families affected by floods.

They also cleaned up a mosque in Kampung Kelola by the banks of Sungai Pahang.

During the clean-up, cash donations, five water jets, telekung, prayer rugs and daily necessities were handed to Jerantut MP Datuk Ahmad Nazlan Idris by MyRaudhah founder Datuk Ruhaidini Abd Kadir.

“I am very proud of MyRaudhah which makes it compulsory for volunteers to be screened for Covid-19, to prevent the spread of the disease, ” said Ahmad Nazlan.

Stressing on the much-needed presence of volunteers in disaster areas to help with the heavy workload that came with cleaning up after floods, he suggested that Covid-19 screening tests be provided free to them at one-stop centres located at the borders of states affected by a disaster.

“This is because NGOs carry out community activities by contributing their own efforts and money without expecting any rewards, ” said the MP.

“This initiative will be a catalyst for more NGOs to provide assistance in disaster-stricken areas as well as to educate all parties to comply with the SOP and help flatten the curve, ” he added.

Meanwhile, Ruhaidini expressed hope for more corporate bodies and individuals to contribute to the success of such community activities.

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