One of them is 27-year-old Asmah Kadir who decided to forgo the comfort of her home and become one of the frontliners.
Asmah, who lives in Tawau, said she was first contacted by the Sabah Malaysian Relief Agency who asked her to find volunteers to help the health authorities carry out Covid-19 tests in the state.
“When this opportunity came, I decided to take up the challenge and experience for myself the reality of becoming a frontliner,” she told mStar.
Asmah has been conducting Covid-19 swab tests for close to two weeks and admitted that she was worried about the risks of infection.
“We are also at risk as we are in contact with a lot of people, especially when there are positive cases from the tests that we conducted,” she said.
Asmah said she would clean herself thoroughly before returning home to her family and avoid frequent contact.
She also admitted to having to face various challenges in her work.
“One of the challenges is the acceptance of the people. Some believe that the rise in the number of cases is due to the Covid-19 tests that we carried out,” she said.
“It is as though we are responsible for the increase for conducting swab tests on many people.”
During Youth National Day in August, Asmah was awarded the Covid-19 Wira Belia award.
Asmah said she hopes everyone will work together to bring down the number of infections.
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