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Keeping red zones clean

PERSONNEL from the healthcare sector have been at the forefront in the war against Covid-19.

Comprising medical and non-medical workers, including Health Support Services (HSS) staff, these men and women have been working tirelessly to ensure Malaysia's healthcare services are up and running.

At the Covid-19 Low-Risk Treatment Centre (PKRC) 2.0 at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park in Serdang, a team of HSS workers is tasked with maintaining the cleanliness of the facility.

Decked in full personal protective equipment (PPE), the HSS staff work in these red zones every day to collect used PPE, discarded medical equipment and garbage. They also mop the floor, clean toilets, as well as wipe doors and windows.

HSS staff work on rotation, and there will be four people working in each shift. They are supervised by Health Ministry engineers.

They ensure clinical and other types of wastes are packed neatly in plastic bags, before they are tossed into biohazard bins.

The HSS staff also conduct rounds to clean up the seven halls at the PKRC 2.0 facility, which houses almost 4,000 patients. The waste collected amounts to almost four tonnes daily.

These biohazard bins are sanitised and later taken by truck to a clinical material disposal plant in Teluk Panglima Garang, Selangor.

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