PUTRAJAYA OCT.17: The surge in new COVID-19 cases with 869 recorded today bringing the cumulative total to 19,627 with 6,886 active cases have demanded more volunteers to come forward to help the medical staff in the hospitals nationwide.
Director General of Health, Tan Sri Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah said, currently 4,794 volunteers have registered and the Ministry of Health (MOH) is considering their practices, experiences in health services and also scanning their health condition as the criteria for selection.
“We will take the volunteers the soonest possibly not for short term but for medium and long term,” Dr. Noor Hisham said in a press conference here today.
Regarding whether the Ministry has enough Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) nationwide and for Sabah, Dr. Noor Hisham said, the government has approved medical funds on October 2, 2020 and if there are donations from the people then the ministry could increase the stocks for future use.
“We might start the COVID-19 Fund again as experienced in the earlier part of the pandemic as many donors might come forward to help,” he added in response to the question posed by the media.
Commenting on Sabah’s situation Dr. Noor Hisham said, today is better than yesterday as there is no increase in COVID-19 cases while 25% of the cases come from the prisons in the Peninsular and for that the standard operating procedure (SOP) and the scanning test should be reviewed.
“The detainees in the prison should be protected and a large scale of scanning tests should be carried out,” he added.
Meanwhile 40% of the clusters came from Sabah and for that active tracing should be carried out in the state. Many types of aids came from the Peninsular depending on the requirements and current needs.
Dr. Noor Hisham said the mobilisation of help team involving 767 Medical and Public Health staff from MOH in various categories from within the state or from other states have been sent to Tawau, Lahad Datu, Semporna, Sandakan and Kota Kinabalu.
“More staff will be sent to Sabah within this week and next week involving 36 Public Health staff and 63 medical staff,” he added.
The Field Hospital in Tawau with the cooperation of the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) will start its operation on 20th October will provide 100 beds for the use of non COVID-19 cases and this will enable more beds in Tawau Hospital to be used for COVID-19 patients.
On the latest COVID-19 cases, Dr. Noor Hisham said, 302 patients have been discharged bringing the cumulative total to 12,561 (64%) while four have been reported dead bringing the death toll to 180 (0.9%).From the new cases, 91 were admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) with 30 patients needed respiratory aids.
From 869 cases, 745 cases had affected the citizens with 124 involving non-citizens.
From the new cases recorded, four had a travel history to Sabah and had contributed to 441 cases since 20th September 2020.
Regarding the states that have recorded new cases include Sabah (451), Penang (189), Selangor , (159) , Kedah (38), Kuala Lumpur (15), Sarawak (4), Perak (4), Terengganu (3), Johor (2), Putrajaya (2) Negeri Sembilan (1) and Melaka (1).
However five new clusters have been formed namely Teduh in Sabah, Menara involving Selangor, Kuala Lumpur , Perak and Putrajaya, Keladi in Selangor, Sentral in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur and Bah Bemban in Terengganu and Sabah. –Malaysia World News