Investigate cluster in Sentosa Hospital, Dr Sim urges

Sentosa Hospital in Kuching (The Star Pic)

By Emma Victoria

SARAWAK Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian has urged the state Health Department to conduct a thorough investigation into the Covid-19 outbreak at the Sentosa Hospital in Kuching.

Apart from the routine epidemiological investigation, he said the department should find out how many frontliner staff and in-patients have been vaccinated with two doses during the first phase of the immunisation programme.

“What types of vaccines were used and how long ago have they been vaccinated as well as on close contacts,” he said in a statement posted on his Facebook.

Dr Sim, who is also the state minister of Local Government and Housing said he had asked the department to work closely with Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) on a genomics study.

Unlike the results of the RT-PCR tests, which comes out on the same day, Dr Sim said the genomics study takes one to two weeks for the results to be known.

He said there should be no pointing of fingers and the focus should be on the investigation and its outcome so that we can prepare ourselves for policies and action.

He added this is the second time that a Covid-19 infection outbreak has occurred at the Sentosa Hospital, which has now been placed under total lockdown.

The first outbreak was in in July last year, involving staff and residents of the health facility.