Sabah govt clears air on quarantine centres, dismisses viral video of 'poor conditions'


  • Nation
  • Monday, 06 Apr 2020

KOTA KINABALU: There are six places in the state capital that have been gazetted as quarantine centres for people designated as a Person Under Surveillance (PUS) for Covid-19, says State Covid-19 Command Centre chairman Datuk Safar Untong (pic).

He said on Monday (April 6) that three of the centres gazetted by the Health Ministry under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 are the Institut Latihan Kementerian

Kesihatan Malaysia (ILKKM) in Bukit Padang, Akademi Bomba Sepanggar Kota Kinabalu and Politeknik Kota Kinabalu.

Safar added that the other centre used for PUS is the Monaco Boutique Hotel in Sadong Jaya, and also said that the Ming Garden Hotel and Residences, as well as the Pan Borneo Hotel in Putatan are also quarantine centres.

On the centres, Safar said that Celcom would be installing WiFi routers in the fenced-up blocks of the ILKKM and added that there are 51 rooms in Block 2 and 40 rooms in Block 3.

He said that of this number, 50 have an attached bathroom while the remaining 41 have a bathroom sharing facility and added that each room comes with a bed, study table, fan and chair.

Safar then added that the Akademi Bomba Sepanggar has 38 hostel rooms with bathroom and toilet facilities which are shared and said that the rooms there came with a mattress, study table, chair and fan.

He then said that the Politeknik Kota Kinabalu has 13 dormitory rooms with attached bathrooms and toilets, adding that the Akademi Bomba was fully occupied, while Politeknik Kota

Kinabalu serves as a family quarantine centre.

"Daily meals are provided in all three centres, along with medical check-ups and counselling," said Safar, adding that each centre had a medical officer based there who would ensure that those who have acute or chronic medical conditions like hypertension and diabetes are looked after.

Safar added that there are 40 air-conditioned rooms in use at the Monaco Boutique Hotel, and said that all PUS there will undergo similar health and psychological support services checks by medical officers.

He said this following public concerns due to a viral video claiming to show the poor conditions at a quarantine centre here, but it has since been learned that the facility in the video is not one of the gazetted centres, as it was taken at an apartment close to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital here.

On Sunday (April 5) Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob denied the authenticity of a video purportedly showing the dire situation at a quarantine centre allegedly provided by the Sabah state government.

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