Selangor tightens measures at factories to prevent Covid-19 outbreak

by AZREEN HANI/ FILE PIX

THE Selangor state government will implement the ‘Preventing Outbreak at Ignition Site’ (POIS) in the workplaces, especially factories amid sharp increase of Covid-19 cases yesterday.

According to Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari, POIS is a screening program in all factories and workplaces that have the potential to create widespread coronavirus clusters.

“POIS will be implemented in collaboration with JKNS, Selgate Corporation Sdn Bhd, all Local Authorities (PBT) and the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM),” Amirudin said in a statement today, following the state Security Special Committee Meeting for Covid-19 last night.

Amirudin noted that factories have been identified as the main contributors for the spread of Covid-19 in the state.

Selangor government also urged the federal administration to take firm action by shutting factories that hide positive cases among employees and did not provide cooperation for contact tracing activities.

Yesterday, Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said that Selangor recorded its highest daily Covid-19 infections with 3,126 cases.

Amirudin said according to a briefing by Selangor State Health Department (JKNS), there were several key factors that contributed to high number of cases.

”Among them are cumulative cases (backlog cases) from the screening of factory workers, screening in prisons and screening in private clinics and hospitals that are not reported directly or ‘real time’,” he said.

“This ‘backlog’ can be traced from a case that happened 10 days ago,” he added.

To overcome this problem, Amirudin said JKNS will impose a compound on private clinics or hospitals that do not report positive cases directly on the same day to the Public Health Laboratory Information System (SIMKA).

The meeting also discussed the proposal to increase the Covid Assessment Center (CAC), especially in the districts of Petaling, Hulu Langat and Gombak.

CAC has the role of analysing Covid-19 patients to be classified according to certain categories before being taken to quarantine centers or hospitals for further treatment.

“JKNS also informed that the Quarantine and Low Risk Treatment Center (PKRC) MAEPS Serdang has added facilities and is able to accommodate an additional 6,000 patients. Special facilities such as ICU tents and medical equipment have also been provided,” the MB added.

Amirudin urged Selangor citizens to remain committed in breaking the virus transmission chain.

”Selangor is our responsibility. Only with this sense of belonging will be able to break the chain of this epidemic,” he said.

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