Sarawak is prepared for the worst


KUCHING: The State Disaster Management Committee (JPBN) through the Health Department has a contingency plan if the worst happens.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said 100 beds in intensive care unit (ICU) have been prepared from day one.

“Actually, from the onset, the committee has asked the Health Department to prepare our hospital for 100 beds in ICU, that means all the requirements…we have planned for that as early as day one.

“Although we have not reached that level, but we never know, we also made arrangement because Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) is a Covid-19 hospital with 1,000 beds. If it is required, the non Covid-19 patients may need to be moved out.

“That arrangement has been finalised, (and) we will use the Sarawak Health Centre in Kota Samarahan, Serian Hospital and Bau Hospital. We have also made arrangements with private hospitals for their facilities and space,” he told a press conference yesterday.

Uggah assured that patients who are not suffering from the virus will get the same or better standard and service as found in the SGH.

He urged all Sarawakians to come forward to offer their services as the state government needs all the medical personnel it can get – both doctors and nurses.

Sarawak Health director Dr Chin Zin Hing, who was also at the press conference, confirmed that to date there were seven medical personnel infected by the virus.

“Currently we have seven health staff infected – five doctors and 2 nurses. Six of them are in SGH and one in Debak,” he said.

Uggah also took the opportunity to tell all Sarawakians having been in close or casual contact with Covid-19 positive patients to get them tested.

“Whether you have symptoms or no symptoms, get yourselves checked, because the sooner we can detect, the earlier we can put out a control mechanism to cut off the flow of the disease,” he said.