IPOH: With the spike in Covid-19 cases in the country, frontliners are relieved with the movement control order announcement made by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhydiddin Yassin.
Perak has been placed under the conditional MCO until Jan 26.
For health inspector Sekri Li, 36, he has been working tirelessly since March last year.
“Once we have a patient testing positive for Covid-19, we will start to track his movement and those who came into close contact with him.
“Most of the time, these patients will give their full cooperation but there are those who would be angry and unwilling to tell us.
“The announcement made by the Prime Minister is something that I truly support. It can control Covid-19 transmissions.
“Before the announcement, my main concern was the movements of those from the red zones to yellow and green zones. At least now, they cannot roam freely, ” he said, adding that he had worked up to 18 hours a day.
“At that time, the cases were spiking and we had to put in extra hard work to track those who were in contact with positive Covid-19 patients.
“I urge everyone to play their part to curb Covid-19. We frontliners are trying our best. Please adhere to the standard operating procedure (SOP), ” he said.
A 30-year-old nurse who wished to be known as Orked described the conditional MCO as a welcome relief.
“Our workload will still be the same, since there is still a huge number of Covid-19 patients at the hospital.
“Some of us had our leave frozen. If we showed any symptoms, we had to take a swab test and once tested negative, we were asked to return to work immediately.
“It has been awhile since I took any off days and sometimes, I do feel tired and traumatised by it all.
“Beside assisting the patients, we are also looking for volunteers to assist us in the clinical trial of inactivated Covid-19 vaccines from China.
“While many have shown their interest to take part in the trial, we have received threats from anti-vaxxers, including death threats.
“Although I believe the conditional MCO should have been implemented earlier, I guess it is better late than never, ” she said.
She is hopeful that members of the public will obey the Covid-19 SOP.
“There were a few of times I had to shout at random strangers, asking them to wear their masks.
“There are some parents who would bring their children out without wearing a mask and it does irk me since my colleagues and I have been working non-stop.
“Please follow the SOP and maintain your distance with others. If there are no important or urgent matters, please stay at home, ” she said.
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