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Miri Disaster Management Committee does a good job, says Sebastian Ting

SUPP secretary general Datuk Sebastian Ting Chiew Yew applauded Miri Disaster Management Committee (MDMC) for taking the initiative in assisting operators and owners of spa and wellness centres, to observe the costs of taking swab compulsory tests for Sarawakian staff members and masseurs.

Following the decision by State disaster management committee (SDMC) in allowing spa and wellness centres to resume operation, MDMC has taken the initiative with the Ministry of Health (KKM) and Miri City Council (MCC) in ensuring all staff members and masseurs in these centres in Miri division to undergo swab testing.

The decisions by MDMC include that all swab testings to be done at KKM and the cost of swab testing for Sarawakian staff members and masseurs to be borne by Sarawak government.

Ting hopes that the operators and owners of these centres will observe full compliance and kind cooperation to carrying out the measure for the safety of its staff members.

It is also hoped that other divisions in the state could follow similar initiatives, as such efforts could largely reduce the burden off the shoulders of the operators in facing the trying times due to the present Covid-19 pandemic.

However, non-Sarawakians and foreigners would have to pay the cost accordingly.

I am given to understand that the procedure for swab test is as follows:

1) Spa and massage centres are to collect the application form from Miri Resident Office (7th floor) or Miri City Council (MCC) office and fill it up

2) The duly filled form should be passed to MCC as the lead agency for processing.

3) MCC will conduct an inspection first whether the centre is ready with the said standard operating procedure (SOP).

4) MCC will compile the list of staff members/masseur and pass Excel file to CDC Ops Room.

5) CDC Ops room will arrange swab test by appointment at Miri Indoor Stadium.

6) CDC Ops Room will pass the results to MCC.

7) MCC will compile the inspection report and swab reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (rT-PCR) tests report, and pass it to Resident Office.

8) Resident Office will issue a letter of approval to operate to the centres allowing them to resume operation.

Though Miri is classified as Green Zone, he said, we must nevertheless remind ourselves that we must continue to practise social distancing, good personal hygiene which includes wearing face mask in public places.






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