As rainy season persists, flood relief centres ready with Covid-19 measures

A flood relief centre in Sungai Dua, Penang, last year. – Bernama photo.

By Chew Lip Song

THE Health Ministry has drawn up guidelines for flood relief centres nationwide to ensure they comply with Covid-19 preventive measures.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the Meteorological Department had forecast that the current wet spell will likely last till end July. Eighteen relief centres in seven districts nationwide are now housing 1,267 flood victims from 303 families.

“The many evacuees converging in the same centre can heighten the risks of Covid-19 spreading. Preventive measures need to be put in place in the flood relief centres, such as social distancing and frequent washing of hands,” he said in a Covid-19 media briefing in Putrajaya today.

He added that the ministry had drawn up a Covid-19 standard operating procedures in flood relief centres, from the time victims were transferred to the centres to the end of their stays there.

This includes providing hand sanitizers, ensuring the cubicles for the victims are placed at least one metre apart and providing face masks to victims who display Covid-19 symptoms.

Meanwhile, Dr Noor Hisham announced today that five new Covid-19 cases were reported over the past 24 hours from noon today, involving four local transmission and one imported case. This brings the national tally to 8,734 cases.