As a precautionary measure to combat the spread of the Covid-19 outbreak, Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) carried out sanitation operations at several focus areas and buildings at both UMP campuses in Gambang and Pekan from March 23 to April 7, 2020.

The operation is aimed at ensuring a clean and safer workplace environment for employees to return to work upon the completion of the Movement Control Order (MCO).

According to Landscape and Cleaning Executive, UMP Services Sdn. Bhd. (UMP Services), Hairudin Idris, is responsible for conducting sanitation operations including office buildings, lecture rooms, student hostels, libraries, masjid and cafeterias in stages starting at UMP Gambang campus and at UMP Pekan the next level.

“A total of 30 personnel were involved in the operation from as early as 9.00 am to 12.00 noon.

"A briefing is given to all personnel to ensure that operations are carried out in accordance with the standard of safety procedures each time an assignment begins," he said.

"Personnel will be using disinfected fog spray in the building area with more focus on risky areas such as handles or door handles, elevator buttons, main counters, desks, and others to ensure the campus is free of Covid-19 disease outbreaks," he said.

At the same time, the safety of personnel is emphasized by ensuring that the personnel involved in this operation are required to adhere to the stipulated steps and guidelines.

All personnel is required to wear complete personal protective equipment (PPE) during the course of this operation.

They also equipped with safety equipment such as face masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer.

Then, every time the surgery was completed the staff was required to clean their hands and face with soap.

While all used PPEs will be collected in yellow plastic clinical waste for disposal in clinical bins.

Meanwhile, while others were working from home following the MCO, cleaning work around campus continued as usual, but in a minimal amount to ensure the campus environment was clean.

UMP Services is a subsidiary of UMP Holdings Sdn. Bhd. also provides services for public disinfection cleaning including masjid, office buildings, clinics, hotels, and hotspot locations to combat the Covid-19 outbreak in the country.