Sabah preps for reopening of international borders

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah health authorities are putting several measures in place as the country prepares to reopen its international borders on April 1.

State Health Department director Datuk Dr Rose Nani Mudin (pic) said these are also part of measures as the nation prepares to transition from the pandemic to endemic stage.

“The Health Ministry has had discussions on the matter and we are now developing a strategic plan. There should not be much of a problem except that we need to have more control at the state’s entry points,” she added.

Dr Rose said existing strategic plans can be improved and adopted or fine-tuned to current situations.

A meeting was held yesterday to finalise these matters, she added.

However, she said the measures to be implemented would be subject to the Health Ministry’s policies.

Dr Rose said the Covid-19 virus was already within the community regardless of whether there is an increase in cases when the borders are reopened.

Efforts on preventing the spread of Covid-19 have already been carried out, such as vaccinating the people, getting booster shots and implementing physical distancing.

Dr Rose also encouraged parents to get their young children inoculated instead of listening to unverified information on social media.

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