Visits were made to a number of COVID-19 Pandemic Surveillance Centres in the country yesterday afternoon. Among monitoring centres visited by Awang Mohd Amir Hairil bin Haji Mahmud, Permanent Secretary At the Ministry of Home Affairs were the Rizqun International Hotel and Parkview Hotel.
The visits were intended to exchange views with the frontliners manning the facilities before discussions with the relevant agencies. The Permanent Secretary was briefed by the Secretariat that every centre is equipped with special rooms for surveillance operation. There were also presentations of Hari Raya Aidil Fitri gifts from the National Disaster Management Centre, NDMC by Awang Shahrin bin Haji Mohd Jawie, Acting Director of the centre to the Muslim tenants who are undergoing isolation at the surveillance centres.
To date, eight such centres are still actively looking after 211 people in isolation. They consist of 50 Brunei citizens, 28 permanent residents and 133 foreign nationals. 28 other tenants are students who returned from overseas. 78 duty officers man the centres in shifts. They are from the Ministry of Health, Royal Brunei Police Force, Fire and Rescue Department as well as volunteers from Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah and the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports. They are supported by other agencies from the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism and Ministry of Education who provide support services in carrying out duties at the Surveillance Centres Secretariat.
The Ministry of Home Affairs through the National Disaster Management Centre cooperates with the Ministry of Health by providing assistance in coordination and non-medical services during the COVID-19 Pandemic to further strengthen the Whole of Nation Approach.
Source: Radio Television Brunei