Mothers at confinement centres must take PCR Covid-19 test

Picture from Bangkok Post

By John Isaac

IT is compulsory for mothers to take the Covid-19 polymerase chain reaction PCR swab test, preferably within three days upon checking into respective confinement centres.

This standard operating procedure (SOP) was mentioned in a joint statement issued by several confinement centres yesterday, reported the New Sarawak Tribune.

The confinement centres included Adam & Eve Confinement Care, Blessings Care Centre, Little GEMS, Tulip MaMa House, Double Happiness Confinement Home, Balmy Confinement Care, Mama Paradise Confinement Care, Mama and Bambinos Confinement Care Centre, Mum Me Services, and LoveBond Care.

Fathers are allowed to stay in the confinement centre for the week but they too need to take the PCR swab test.

Any extension beyond the first week would be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

“Regular PCR swab tests will be required for fathers working in a crowded environment.”

“Children are allowed to stay with mothers throughout the confinement month.

“However, they will not be allowed to attend physical classes or activities outside the confinement centres.”

On the other hand, the SOP stated that mothers undergoing confinement were only allowed to leave the centres for medical purposes.

“Visitors are not allowed into the centres. Clients can only tour the place virtually or via video call.”

The statement said all outsource services such as post-natal massage, facial, etcetera will be temporarily suspended until further notice.

It also reminded that it was everyone’s responsibility to practise the usual SOPs such as wearing face masks and maintaining physical distancing.