Photo via Astro Radio News
As COVID-19 cases continue to increase daily in the country, many are concerned, not of contracting the virus itself, but of being quarantined at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang (MAEPS) Quarantine Centre.
However, Muhamad Afifie Chan, a COVID-19 patient currently undergoing treatment there and recently shared his experience on Twitter, assured there’s nothing to be worried about, adding that the environment there isn’t as bad as some are making it out to be.
“It’s really cheerful. It is really lively. We try to cheer everyone up because we cannot deny that some people are anxious being away from their family from their kids, so we try to cheer ourselves up by even the smallest things such as the announcements. They also cheer when newcomers come in,” he told Astro Radio News.
He added that foreigners and locals were housed in separate halls to make it easier for registration, observation, and announcements.
Afifie also shared that the facilities there are clean and well maintained.
“The environment is not depressing as it is imagined by outsiders, even considering the amount of people in this hall, the toilet is clean. And then the charging stations, we don’t have to worry about that, because it is abundant all around the hall. The bed is comfortable for you to sleep on, we have no complaints. So far, the food is really delicious,” he said.
Meals are served three times a day and some patients would even lend a hand in distributing the food.
Afifie said patients in there were confirmed positive, asymptomatic and low-risk, adding that from what he understood, they were no longer able to infect each other and thus, they could share facilities.
Afifie added that COVID-19 patients there are well cared for, and he is extremely grateful to the frontliners who are working tirelessly there.
“From day 1, from my registration to this facility, the treatment from the frontliners has been great. It is appraisable. We are very thankful for all their gestures, even the simple things that they do to cheer this hall up. All the negative comments about our frontliners have to stop, we should spread more positivity,” he said.
He also shared that new patients often get a warm welcome, with those already inside doing their best to cheer up the newcomers and rid them of any fears.
Here are scenes from MAEPS from Afifie's point of view:
We wish Afifie and all other COVID-19 patients a speedy recovery, and let us all heed his advice and make that effort to spread positivity! We could all use some!
by Roshini Ravindran