9,000 strong sanitisation ops deployed ahead of reopening of over 700 childcare centres in S'wak

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  • Saturday, 06 Jun 2020

Sanitisation ops in full swing in Sarawak ahead of June 9 reopening of childcare centres. - Bomba Sarawak pic

MIRI: The teams involved in public sanitisation operations throughout Sarawak have beefed up their personnel substantially to 9,006 as of Saturday (June 6).

This is a big increase from the 6,733-strong personnel on May 6 who were involved in these sanitisation ops.

The big jump in sanitisation ops was part of efforts to sanitise all the 700 plus childcare centres statewide.

This is to ensure these centres are cleansed before their reopening next week on June 9 throughout this vast state.

Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department in its latest updates said sanitisation of taskas are taking place in all urban districts as well as the rural ones, including in the remote parts of northern and central Sarawak like Marudi and Kapit.

The latest figures from the department on the sanitisation ops revealed that 9,006 personnel are on the ground now.

"So far, 904 different rounds of sanitisation ops have been carried out (as of last night)," the department said.

Out of the 9,006 personnel involved, Bomba stations contributed manpower of 5,186.

Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department is leading the operations.

The rest of the manpower are from the Health Ministry, Civil Defence Unit, Rela, army, police, district offices and voluntary groups that are trained to handle sanitisation procedures.

Aside from the childcare centres statewide, these sanitisations ops are also giving special focus on sanitising public transportation such as buses and vans.

There are also hundreds of tertiary students who are being moved from their places of study back to their hometown.

Those from Kuching coming back to Miri have to travel some 1,000km.

The sanitisation process involves disinfecting not just the buses and vans transporting these students but also their personal luggage, the assembly halls they are gathered in and all the transit points.

Sarawak is battling the Covid-19 pandemic that saw 17 deaths and more than 550 positive cases so far.

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