Press Statement by Kelin Yii:
We(DAP Kuching) paid a visit to Klinik Kesihatan Jln Masjid and Klinik Kesihatan Tanah Puteh to donate 100 PPE Coveralls to each Klinik worth a total of more than RM 16,000 for the staff in both clinic to protect them as they continue to see patients in clinic.
All these clinics are still functioning as they also need to see patients of other ilness, as well as proper followup for chronic illness or NCDs such as hypertension, diabetes..etc.
Both clinics has set up a proper triage outside the clinic to screen for patients that have respiratory symptoms which will be separated from the other patients. If needed, they are referred to GH if suspected of COVID-19. This is also to limit the number of patients in the clinic to practice proper social distancing and take the necessary precautions.
These PPEs are very important especially for those doing the initial screening outside and those seeing patients that may have respiratory symptoms.
This is important because we hear of some cases where the patients are not honest about their travel history or even possible contact with positive COVID-19 patients. Some may have the virus but may not know it as they may be assymptomatic at that time.
In an outbreak such as this, it is always better to lean on side of precaution and even possibly handling every patient as a possible COVID-19 carrier just as a precaution.
Many frontliners are tired and some are suffering burn out due to their heavy workload. Many are also concern that they will carry back the virus unknowingly back to their homes and risk infecting their families children, elderly parents or other love ones.
That is why we hope the contributions can help the staff and give them proper protection support them through this tough time to not just give them a peace of mind, but also to help protect their family and love ones.
For Klinik Kesihatan Tanah Puteh, we are also in contact with MBKS to help provide mobile toilets to be put outside the clinic so that patients outside that need to go to the toilet can use it. This is also to limit patients especially those with flu-like symptoms from mixing with the crowd inside if they need the toilet.
We are grateful for the Mayor Datuk Wee Hong Seng who responded promptly and prepared one mobile toilet at the clinic today.
We all have a part to play to fight this COVID-19 together. The best way is for us to stay home and abide by the MCO order to break the chain of infection so that we can better help our frontliners with their workload.They have given so much for us, so it is only right for us to try give back to them.