By Khairul Azran Hussin
SHAH ALAM, Feb 23 — Several approaches by the Selangor government in overcoming the Covid-19 challenges is followed by Federal agencies, says Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri Amirudin Shari.
He said the state was the first to introduce standard operating procedure (SOP) at quarantine centres before it was adopted by the National Security Council (NSC).
“Initially, quarantine centres in other states did not have SOPs, but Selangor did implement an SOP, and eventually our SOP was also used by the NSC.
“The State Disaster Management Unit also became the reference for the National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma) with some of its modus operandi taking examples from Selangor,” he said in an interview in the special edition of the ‘Kita Selangor: Gempur Covid-19’ magazine.
The Kita Selangor magazine published by the Menteri Besar’s Office recorded the early moments when the state government faced the Covid-19 pandemic and its development until October last year.
The 64-page magazine noted important moments, key personalities and examples of successful programmes that were implemented.
Starting from this week, the magazine is distributed to state assemblymen’s Community Service Centres, health centres, government departments as well as to the public.
Amirudin added that the state was also the first to open a childcare centre for frontliners at hospitals.
“As the frontliners are busy (with work), the state government thought of the support that can be given (to them), so we set up childcare centre for their children.
“The initiative to set up childcare centre is among the ideas given by the Selangor Task Force for Covid-19 (STFC),” he added.