The Ipoh City Council (MBI) acted quickly to implement disinfection and public sanitation works in seven blocks of Taman Harmoni Buntong Flats today (August 29) after receiving complaints regarding COVID-19 cases that occurred in the area.
A total of eight staff from the Vector Unit of the Department of Environmental Health and MBI Municipal Services were involved in the disinfecting works carried out this morning.
MBI Zone 7 (Buntong) Councilor, A Ganesan said that he was informed of the presence of Covid-positive residents through the Buntong Rukun Tetangga (KRT) and immediately informed MBI for further actions.
He added that out of 26 blocks in the area, there were COVID-19 patients and close contacts staying in seven blocks.
“I would like to thank the Mayor of Ipoh, Dato’ Rumaizi Baharin @ Md Daud, as well as the Valuation Director of MBI and the MBI Vector Unit who had taken immediate action as soon as I informed them of the matter,” he said at a press conference at Taman Harmoni Buntong Flats today.
In a related development, Ganesan also suggested for COVID-19 patients to be quarantined at different locations for the safety of other flat residents.
“We suggest that MBI join hands with the Ministry of Health (MOH) so that these Covid-positive patients are isolated in other locations such as a community centre. This would also facilitate easier monitoring of their movements.
“The residents here, including COVID-19 patients and their family members, live very close to each other. In fact, they (the patients) also use the same communal stairs every day and some even go out to purchase daily necessities.
“The matter is very concerning for other residents and if not contained, more COVID-19 cases will arise in the future,” he explained.
In this regard, he hoped that the proposal to place COVID-19 patients in locations outside the area for quarantine purposes could be considered so that transmission of the infection to other blocks can be avoided.