KOTA BHARU – The Kelantan government will carry out an educational campaign using posters, flyers and the mass media to spread awareness about the new norms and standard operating procedure (SOP) at 539 temporary flood shelters (PPS).
State Welfare, Women and Family Development committee chairman, Datuk Mumtaz Md Nawi, said that 150 – 200 shelter workers from seven districts — Kota Bharu, Jeli, Tumpat, Pasir Mas, Bachok, Pasir Puteh and Machang — have been briefed and undergone a simulation of new normal shelter management.
“The SOP covers room sanitation at the PPS which will be done by the Fire and Rescue Services Department (Bomba) and volunteers on a regular basis.
“A special screening room will be prepared at selected PPS for symptomatic victims, those from the red zone or who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, while healthcare workers will be stationed at shelters as required,” she said in a statement.
She said that victims must do a swab test and undergo 24 – 36 hours of monitoring in an isolation room if negative, as well as undergo 14-day quarantine in a separate tent.
However, if they test positive, they will be transferred to a nearby hospital for further treatment.
She said that packed food will be provided to those in quarantine.
She said that those who are not infected will be placed in a different block and also provided packed food which can be collected from the kitchen by the head of the family.
She said flood victims will be given a name tag and required to wear a face mask and use a hand sanitiser.
In order to stem the spread of the virus, they will also be advised against going in and out of the PPS.
She said that waste disposal — food, face masks, etc – will be managed systematically and toilet cleanliness will be high priority.
“To ensure food safety, all the food handlers have been inoculated and all nine committees have been briefed on the new norms,” said Mumtaz.
She advised mums to be prepared mentally and emotionally for these new norms, especially those from high-risk areas.
“Aside from this, pack snacks, medicines and vital equipment in a bag so that the evacuation goes smoothly,” she said.