Thousands Turn Up for Selangor’s Free Covid-19 Mass Screening
Posted On May 9, 2021
The long queues and fasting month did not seem to deter them.
The authorities were expecting about 500 people to turn up but within the first hour, more than 1,000 had come to be tested.
With strict SOPs and physical distancing being observed, people could either drive through or do a walk-in test.
Imran Mohamad brought his six-year-old daughter, who had recently come into contact with a positive case. He said he was worried although she had not shown any symptoms after a week.
“I just wanted to be safe. We have been waiting here for over an hour. I am glad that so many have turned up for the free testing. It shows there is great awareness and people want to be safe,” he told FMT.
Another Kajang resident, who wanted to be known as Chin, said he just wanted to make sure he was not an asymptomatic carrier.
“Since the state government is offering this test for free, I took this opportunity to get tested. We must appreciate the state government’s efforts,” he said while waiting for his turn.
Vien, 26, said she came to know about the free testing via social media and decided to come and get tested.
“I want to make sure I am not infected or unknowingly passing the virus to someone else,” she added.
Fadhil Abdul Hamid, 36, who was full of praise for the state government’s initiative, said he drove all the way from Bangi.
“It is free and a good opportunity for me to get tested,” he told FMT, adding that he wanted to make sure his family was safe.
Mass testing may see increase in the detection of Covid-19 cases
Former health minister Dzulkefly Ahmad, who is chairman of the Selangor Covid-19 Task Force and was present during the testing, said such screening may see a spike in the number of infections recorded.
“Covid-19 is now in the community. Through such mass screenings, we want to trace and isolate them,” he told FMT.
He said they had also spoken to hotel owners in Selangor to consider turning their premises into quarantine centres if the need arises.
As for allocations for the screening programme, he said the Selangor government had given money for the free testing as part of its measures to carry out active case detection.
Dzulkefly also said more than 30 medical staff were on hand to handle those coming for the tests today.
Kajang state assemblyman Hee Loy Sian, who was also present, said the free mass testing will end on June 10.
“It will be divided into 56 state assembly zones in Selangor to ensure as many people as possible will be tested.”
The testing centre here, which opened 9am, will close at 4pm today.
Hee said similar free mass testing will be held in Balakong and Sungai Ramal in Bangi tomorrow.