Mixup led to congestion at Menara City One screening, says health DG

The people crowding lifts to go down for Covid-19 screening at Menara City One last night.

PUTRAJAYA: Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah says a mix-up among residents at the Menara City One condominium last night was the cause of the congestion during screening for Covid-19 last night.

He said only residents of one of the blocks, Tower A, were supposed to be screened, but residents from Tower B also came down.

“We worked together with the police to calm down the situation. It took some time to ensure social distancing was complied with,” he said at a press conference today.

Noor Hisham said the ministry will look toward improving the procedure in future and ensure that social distancing is complied with strictly, stressing that the ministry took this matter seriously.

Menara City One residents had complained about screening procedures at the condominium, which is under lockdown, alleging that health workers did not practise the right guidelines during a screening at 9 last night.

A resident told FMT that Tower A residents were instructed to proceed to the open area downstairs, which was not the norm as they were previously tested floor by floor.

The resident said the late-night screening made it difficult for senior citizens and families with young children. Many were worried about the crowd as there were between 200 and 300 people in the open area.

“The lifts are overcrowded. They are supposed to carry four people at one time but it looks like there are 10 people inside,” he said.


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