Manhunt under way for Covid-19-positive senior who skipped out before ambulance ride to Sandakan hospital

KOTA KINABALU: Health officials and the police are searching for a Covid-19-positive senior citizen who went missing before he could be taken to Sandakan for further treatment on Sunday (June 13).

Kinabatangan OCPD Supt Dzulbaharin Ismail said prior to 69-year-old Karim Jikri's disappearance, a medical team had visited his home in Tongod district, some 270km from here, to inform him that he had tested positive for Covid-19.

“He was asked to get ready as an ambulance would be sent to pick him up at noon, and they saw that he started packing,” he said on Monday (June 14).

He said they also told him that he would be taken to Sandakan Hospital for treatment.

However, when medical officials arrived at his Kg Kuala Tongod home at noon, they found the place locked up, Supt Dzulbaharin said.

“They knocked on his door but no one answered, so they assumed that he had gone to the district clinic on his own,” he said.

Upon reaching the Tongod clinic, they could not see Karim, and failed to reach him by phone.

A police report was then lodged and a manhunt was launched, Supt Dzulbaharin added.

Supt Dzulbaharin said the case is being investigated under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 for refusing to abide by instructions to be treated or transferred or quarantined for a disease.

He urged those with information of Karim’s whereabouts to contact the nearest police stations or call the Kinabatangan police station at 089-561890 immediately.

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