KUALA LUMPUR: A major cleaning and disinfection exercise was carried out on Saturday (March 28) in the vicinity of the Seri Petaling Mosque in Sri Petaling.
Some 100 Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) and Alam Flora personnel were on the ground with specialised equipment to sanitise the area following a directive from the National Security Council (MKN) and Health Ministry.
Federal Territories Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa said RM20mil has been requested by the Housing and Local Government Ministry for local authorities in the country to carry out sanitisation exercises nationwide.
“Kuala Lumpur is one of the worse affected, with a high number of cases.
“Because we have a large area to cover, we are focusing on targeted spots for the moment.
“Sri Petaling is our pilot test to determine the effectiveness of our equipment and method as well as if we have sufficient assets and manpower, ” he said during a site visit.
He also said the exercise would help develop a standard operating procedure (SOP) in dealing with such crises in the future.
“There are many things the local authority can learn from this crisis and we should not take it lightly, ” he said
He added that the current equipment and technology being used was insufficient to handle such a large scale exercise.
“With our manual method, it would take days to properly clean and sanitise the area when we may need to do it multiple times.
“We need to learn how other cities such as Wuhan (in China) and other countries are doing it, the type of equipment they are using.
“We need to invest in the right technology, equipment and methods which can cover a bigger area in a shorter time frame, ” Annuar added.
During the sanitisation exercise, DBKL personnel were equipped with high powered water jets, ultra-low-volume sprays and spray cans with disinfectant.
This is the first such exercise by DBKL and its agencies at one of the two Covid-19 red zones in the federal capital.
The red zones cover the health districts of Lembah Pantai and Titiwangsa, consisting the parliamentary constituencies of Lembah Pantai, Seputeh, Bukit Bintang, Kepong, Titiwangsa, Setiawangsa and Wangsa Maju.
Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan was also present.
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