Government’s 5 prong strategies in battling COVID -19 pandemic
Social distancing interventions like Movement Control Order (MCO) will buy crucial time for upscaling of treatment facilities but need to occur in conjunction with testing and contact tracing of all suspected cases to mitigate transmission of SARS-CoV-2. The government actually uses 5 prong strategies in battling COVID -19 pandemic:
1. Enforced social distancing by implementing Movement Control Order (MCO) to prevent local transmission of COVID 19. The MCO has been extended to second phase till 14 April 2020. High risk areas have been put under Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) akin to total lockdown.
2. By quarantine returning Malaysian from overseas. They will be screened and those who have symptoms will be tested and ALL will undergo mandatory 14 days quarantine – to prevent imported source of transmission. More quarantine stations have been gazetted and utilised.
3. Malaysia uses framework of Search, Test, Isolate, Treat & Quarantine (STITQ) to uncover suspected cases of COVID in the community. More ‘aggressive’ testing strategies albeit targeted approach towards high risk groups (to minimise wastage of valuable resources) such as Person Under Investigation (PUI) and Close Contacts. In addition, testing also being carried out for ILI and sARI samples obtained through COVID-19 surveillance meant to identify community spread. Meanwhile, ramping up laboratory capacities is an ongoing process.
4. Enhanced contact tracing activities with strong PDRM collaboration efforts to reduce local foci of infection and to contain identified cluster of COVID -19.
5. Ongoing upscaling of hospital / treatment facilities, additional equipments and human resource to better managed large number of patients and reduce mortality of COVID-19 pandemic.
We have not lost the war against COVID-19, neither have we won the war yet. But so far, we are succeeding to move away from the steep trajectory trend of cases as suggested by various prediction models (eg MIER, JP Morgan etc) though it is still too early to state any future direction of COVID-19 pandemic in Malaysia.
STAY AT HOME. PROTECT YOURSELF. PROTECT YOUR FAMILY. TOGETHER WE CAN BREAK THE CHAIN OF TRANSMISION OF COVID-19 IN OUR COMMUNITY.