Penang setting up more venues for free Covid-19 screenings

OVER 800 people in the Pengkalan Kota constituency registered for Penang’s mass Covid-19 screening programme (PSC-19) which was carried out at the Padang Taman Kejiranan Macallum.

Of the number, 636 people were screened before noon yesterday.

Pengkalan Kota assemblyman Daniel Gooi said several screenings had been conducted since July 3 to manage the Covid-19 situation in the area.

“We conducted a screening for over 100 traders at the Pulau Mutiara wholesale market in Gat Lebuh Macallum on July 3 after the first positive case was detected.

“A total of 185 traders at the wholesale market as well as the Lintang Macallum Dua market took part in the state government’s mass screening on July 5.

“Subsequently, several screenings were conducted by the district health office for employees, traders as well as residents staying above the wholesale market.

“As a pre-emptive measure to safeguard the community, the state government decided to conduct the PSC-19 at Padang Taman Kejiranan Macallum yesterday,” Gooi said.

The screening was free and open to residents living in the constituency.

“In line with the testing, tracing and treatment strategy to control the pandemic, such screenings will enable the authorities to better understand the current situation as well as to provide peace of mind for the residents,” he said when contacted. PSC-19 will be held at the parking lot of the council market complex in Jalan Rajawali, Bayan Lepas, today, at SK Padang Tembak tomorrow and at the Sungai Dua MPKK hall in Batu Uban on Sunday.

On the mainland, PSC-19 will be held at Mak Mandin and Taman Teluk Intan during the weekend.

Meanwhile, George Town OCPD Asst Comm Soffian Santong said around 400 policemen were deployed at screening centres, vaccination centres and also to ensure compliance of standard operating procedures during phase two of the National Recovery Plan in the northeast district in Penang.

“The police are always supportive of the state government’s effort to flatten the Covid-19 curve,” he said.

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