Coronavirus: Monitoring centres set up

Rokiah Mahmud

The Sports Village will be the Monitoring Centre for individuals or groups arriving in the country, who might have been exposed to the coronavirus, Minister of Home Affairs Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong in his capactity as the Chairman of the National Disaster Management Centre (NDMC) told the Sunday Bulletin yesterday.

The minister said a centre will also be set up at Rumah Persinggahan Kerajaan in Kuala Belait and the National Service Centre (PKBN) in Temburong District.

The ministry is also reviewing to use SEAMEO Voctech in Gadong as a monitoring centre, he added.

Health screening is also carried out at all Immigration Control Posts in Kuala Lurah, Brunei International Airport, Labu Sungai Tujoh and Serasa Ferry Terminal in Muara from January 21. “We seek cooperation from all in this regard to monitor tourists arriving and departing from Immigration Control Posts,” the minister added.

Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Awang Abu Bakar said the monitoring centre can accommodate around 300 people as the Sports Village has three blocks, whereas the PKBN in Temburong District can accommodate up to 800 people.

On whether the ministry was looking at a smaller centre if the place was too big, he said, “During the monitoring period, the ministry will work hand-in-hand with the Ministry of Health and review all decisions taken from time to time.”

Minister of Home Affairs Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong and Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar during their working visit to the Sports Village. PHOTO: BAHYIAH BAKIR