Districts ordered to activate Disaster Operation Centre
Published on: Tuesday, March 31, 2020
By: Bernama
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THE Disaster Operation Controlling Centres (PKOB) will be activated in every Sabah district in managing the implementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO) and addressing the Covid-19 situation.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said all district officers have been instructed to activate the PKOB and the respective district security committees, as preparations, in the event of sudden increase in Covid-19 cases.

He said each district office should also ensure that situation is kept under control and to continue with enforcement activities so that residents in the respective areas abide by the MCO ruling, to curb the spread of Covid-19.

“The district office must also ensure that the food supply aid reaches people at the grassroots soon, especially while the MCO is being enforced.

“We (Sabah Government) want the people to receive sufficient food supply during this period so that they will stay home and remain calm,” he told reporters after chairing the State Security Committee meeting in Kota Kinabalu, Monday.

Shafie said each district office should also see to the co-ordination of the sanitisation operations to be conducted at premises including at schools and mosques, in their respective districts.

According to him, those manning the PKOB must work closely with the related departments and agencies to ensure that the sanitisation exercise is implemented efficiently.

On NGOs’ concern over their food contribution, Shafie said the State Government welcomed and encouraged such contributions, but the distribution should be coordinated by the Social Welfare Department before the items are channelled to areas which have been targeted by the NGOs. In a related development, Mohd Shafie said the MCO ruling in Pulau Gaya would be extended until April 14 to contain the spread of Covid-19. As such, entry into or exit from the island is prohibited, unless there is a need to buy medicines, he said.



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