SIBU: Mass screenings are the answer to slowing down Covid-19, says Bintulu MP Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing.
He said in a statement on Sunday (July 11) that at one point, more than 6,000 people were tested in Bintulu in a single day – the highest number in the district.
This was in response to cases in this coastal town climbing to triple digits, he added.
"This type of mass testing continues till today, with an average of 2,000 people tested daily. Finally, we have been able to flatten the curve of daily cases to single digits.
"I strongly encourage other states to emulate our measures to determine their effectiveness," he said.
Another measure taken was upgrading existing medical equipment to prepare for worst-case scenarios, he said.
"Regardless of our resources compared to the Federal Government’s, we are still constantly raising funds to buy more medical equipment and even set up two virus testing laboratories," he said.
Tiong said he had urged the authorities not to let red tape get in the way of fighting the pandemic.
"They must abandon bureaucracy and speed up the use of funds to fight the pandemic and aim for a fast resolution," he added.
Tiong said periodic reviews also allowed the frontline teams in Bintulu to adjust their responses to the actual situation on the ground, correcting the wrong measures and reinforcing the correct ones.
These measures included immediate localised lockdown with mass testing done on all the residents in the affected area.
The affected places would be thoroughly sanitised and those infected placed in isolation while police and the military were posted to prevent residents from sneaking out.
"The overall situation in Bintulu is easing, with current cases mainly from the industrial clusters and a few residential areas.
"We are monitoring this while speeding up the vaccination programme. So far, nearly 70% of Bintulu’s population have taken the first dose," he said.