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Preventing and Detecting Outbreaks at Ignition Sites COVID-19 Programme launched with Nestlé

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Nestlé Malaysia today joined hands with the State Government of Selangor for the launch of the Preventing and Detecting Outbreaks at Ignition Sites (POIS) Programme to tackle the spread of COVID-19.

Nestlé volunteers with project partnersThe event, which was held at Nestlé Malaysia’s Shah Alam Complex Factory, was officiated by the Menteri Besar of Selangor, Yang Berhormat Dato’ Seri Amirudin Shari together with the Nestlé Malaysia’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr Juan Aranols. In attendance, was YB Puan Dr Siti Mariah Binti Mahmud, Selangor State Executive Councillor for Health, Welfare, Women Empowerment and Family, Yang Berbahagia Dato’ Adnan Pawanteh, Executive Director of Group Corporate Affairs for Nestlé Malaysia and Ms Seijan Hee, Factory Manager of Nestlé Shah Alam Complex Factory.

The Preventing and Detecting Outbreaks at Ignition Sites (POIS) Programme is a cross-sectoral partnership between the Government and private sector which aims to reduce the risk of COVID19 outbreak in the industrial sector with large worker communities or ‘ignition sites’, through a three-pronged approach outlined below:

  1. Encourage adoption of Enhanced Public Health Measures (EPHM) by employers who have large workforces.
  2. Strengthen an Early Detection Testing Regime (EDTR) based on rapid and frequent testing, to identify and act on potential cases as quickly as possible.
  3. Facilitate Health Education, especially COVID-19-related, among workers.

At the programme launch, Yang Berhormat Dato’ Seri Amirudin Shari praised Nestlé Malaysia for its proactive efforts undertaken across its worksites early on during the start of the pandemic, to prevent the spread of COVID.

Nestlé Malaysia is one of the first companies to join POIS programme and has implemented all three phases of the recommended approach for COVID-19 prevention at its work sites. During the event, Mr Juan Aranols shared that Nestlé Malaysia has invested over RM60 million into pandemic relief efforts and comprehensive measures to ensuring the safety of its employees.

A significant part of this expenditure has gone into proactive COVID-19 antigen screening programme using rapid antigen test kits, which the Company is conducted weekly. To-date, around 140,000 COVID-19 screenings have been conducted since early October last year.