Isolation centre not for staycation, says minister

Izah Azahari

The Ministry of Health (MoH) appreciates the cooperation of positive cases in supporting the government’s efforts in controlling the spread of COVID-19, in particular by voluntarily presenting themselves at isolation centres.

Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar said this during a press conference at the Al-’Afiah Hall yesterday, adding that most cases have shown a positive attitude during the monitoring and treatment at the centres.

“For cases in Categories 1 and 2, which mostly only require monitoring, they are advised to fill their free time as well as possible while following the instructions given,” said the minister.

He explained that most patients understand the need to enter the isolation centres, and as the COVID holding areas are not carried out in a hospital setting with many nurses and doctors walking around, patients should not be surprised when they do not see many doctors or nurses making rounds except to check patients’ blood pressure and body temperature.

If there are complications such as breathing difficulties and continuous fever, then the patient will be isolated and moved to the National Isolation Centre (NIC) in Tutong District, he said.

“The aim of the COVID holding area is to bring them out of their homes so they will not be in contact with others in their household. If there are any worrying symptoms, it would be easier to bring them to the NIC in Tutong,” the minister added.

Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham urged patients to use the spare time to do something beneficial as the holding area is not a staycation, but for the ministry to monitor their conditions.

He also reminded patients scheduled to return home not to bring back things that do not need to be brought home as it is for the use of the next patient.