Tanah Merah: Almost all the residents of Kampung Chedok, here came out to undergo a Covid-19 smear test, today due to concern with health status after several positive cases were recorded in the village.
It is understood that they underwent the test this afternoon which was carried out by the staff of the Ministry of Health Malaysia (MOH).
The resident, Noraini Ahmad, 35, said that the test was recommended by the MOH after several positive cases were recorded in the village which stemmed from outsiders.
He said, the settlement of the village is the original type of village when most of the residents have close ties and it is feared that it will spread easily and become close contacts.
“When the MOH conducts screenings and smear tests for free, residents voluntarily undergo tests to ensure their health status.
“From a positive angle, I commend the efforts of the MOH and the residents because for this cooperation and action can prevent the epidemic from spreading,” he said when contacted.
Noraini, who is also the owner of the restaurant, Pizza Jangok Mek Ani, said he took the initiative to close his business operations for two weeks after the village had a positive Covid-19 case, despite its low numbers.
According to him, he was also a contagious victim when he was positively accused of Covid-19 and had to close his shop, but his intention was not to let his customers be exposed to the risk of infection.
“I will do a smear test tomorrow because there are too many people and I have four small children.
“For me, the awareness of the residents about Covid-19 is increasing when they cooperate and want to undergo a test,” he said.
Restaurant trader, Nuh Mat Isa, 47, he said, he and his wife and children were among the earliest individuals positively confirmed positive Covid-19 on January 5.
He said he was only around the Tanah Merah and Jeli areas until the check found that he was infected by individuals from outside who came to his restaurant.
“When I found out I was positive, it was sad when people stayed away because the community still did not fully understand Covid-19.
“So, when they undergo a smear test, it is good because they can know their status and undergo quarantine to avoid more infections,” he said.
Today, on social media, pictures of dozens of residents of Kampung Chedok lined up to undergo a Covid-19 smear test.
The test was well received because it was given for free, causing the villagers and surrounding villages to take the opportunity to check their health.
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