Health screenings, roadblocks all part of daily struggle

ALOR SETAR: Villagers staying within a 1km radius of Napoh town and walking distance to the nasi kandar restaurant where the Sivagangga cluster broke out have to contend with additional daily struggles after the targeted enhanced movement control order (MCO) was enforced in the area.

Sundry shop owner Lee Keat Beng (pic), 59, said for starters, villagers had to queue up in long lines to undergo Covid-19 screening.

“I went to the Napoh health clinic at about 9.30am on Monday to queue up for screening. There, I saw more than 400 villagers waiting in line under the sun.

“Since they were taking turns, I decided to come back at 11.30am. Even then, I only managed to step out from the health clinic at 2.30pm.

“The pink wristband was also running out of stock. I was told that only 50 villagers were given the pink wristband that day, ” he said.

Lee, whose shop is just 300m away from the nasi kandar eatery, said roadblocks were set up along main access roads to Napoh.

He added that folks were now not allowed to leave the house to buy food.

“We have to ask our friends or others to send us food. If any of our family members fall sick, only an ambulance can come to take them to the hospital.

“We are not allowed to leave, even through the many small trails and dirt roads in the area as there are roadblocks at all those places.

“These are measures to stop outsiders from getting in and to ensure no one goes out, ” he said, adding that he had gone through two Covid-19 screenings.

“The first was a nasal swab and another a throat swab test.

“The nasal swab test was an unforgettable experience. The burning sensation after a cotton bud was inserted into my nose felt like I had eaten a large blob of wasabi.“I really hope all this will end soon, ” he added.

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