Tabligh attendees advised to go for health screening

KUCHING: The State Disaster Management Committee (JPBN Sarawak) is appealing to all Sarawakians who had attended the ‘Ijtimak Tabligh’ at Seri Petaling Mosque in Selangor from Feb 27 to March 1 to visit the nearest hospital or health centre for health screening.

Its secretariat in a statement said this is in view of the case of a participant from Brunei Darussalam who had been confirmed to be infected by Covid-19 after returning from the event.

JPBN Sarawak on its Facebook page, Sarawak Disaster Information, had earlier claimed that more than 500 Sarawakians were believed to have attended the event.

“If you or anyone you know had attended this event, please go to your nearest government hospital or health centre for the very important screening,” said the secretariat in the statement.

It also said those with queries or requiring any advice can contact the following hotlines – State Health Department Crisis Preparedness & Response Centre in Kuching at 082-443248; Kuching Divisional Health Centre (DHC) 082-610626; Kota Samarahan DHC 082-672101; Serian DHC 082-872331; Sri Aman DHC 083-320230; Betong DHC 083-472388; Sarikei DHC 084-652815; Sibu DHC 084-345862; Mukah DHC 084-873392; Kapit DHC 084-796264; Bintulu DHC 086-315235; Miri DHC 085-410722 and Limbang DHC at 085-211726.

Brunei had confirmed its first Covid-19 case on Monday as a 53-year-old man who had attended the religious event in the mosque in Selangor. More than 10,000 people including foreigners were also believed to have attended the event.

Brunei on Wednesday confirmed that Covid-19 cases in the sultanate had risen to 11 and all were connected with the first case.