Guests subjected to health screening at Petroleum Sarawak signing ceremony event

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  • Wednesday, 12 Feb 2020

A medical worker checking Awang's temperature upon his arrival at a signing ceremony in Kuching. - ZULAZHAR SHEBLEE / THE STAR

KUCHING: Guests attending a signing ceremony here underwent a health screening before entering the event premises as part of measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19).

Organisers Petroleum Sarawak Bhd (Petros) brought in medical personnel from a private hospital to check the temperature of guests when they arrived for the Sarawak domestic gas agreement signing ceremony on Wednesday (Feb 12).

Guests were also asked about their recent travel history and instructed to sanitise their hands before entering.

Those who went through the health screening included Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan, who was the guest of honour.

Petros communications manager Karen Yap said the health screening was an initiative undertaken by the company to make sure that guests attending the event were safe.

"We are monitoring the developments of Covid-19 very closely. We want to support the state government in their actions to ensure that Covid-19 is not spread in the state.

"This is our first public event and we were aware that there were many travellers coming in specifically for this," she said.

Yap added that Petros would continue to support the state government's efforts to curb the spread of Covid-19.

"I don't think we'll be doing another public event anytime soon. But if we do and the situation still remains, we will continue to support the state and make sure there's no transmission," she said.

State Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian, who was among those present, commended Petros' health screening initiative as a way to raise awareness on good hygiene.

"At this point Sarawak still has no Covid-19 cases, but this initiative creates awareness that we all have to practise good hygiene, such as frequent hand washing and refraining from shaking hands.

"We need to inculcate good hygiene habits starting now," he said.

The health screening is in line with the state Health Department's advice to event organisers to take precautionary measures against Covid-19.

These include providing hand sanitisers at the entrance, carrying out temperature checks if possible, denying entry to unwell individuals and maintaining a registration list of all participants.

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