Health frontliners burnt out symptoms for handling many COVID-19 cases in a long period

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PUTRAJAYA JULY 7: The utilisation of beds in the Intensive Care Units (ICU) remain more than 90 per cent and subsequently the front liners (medical and health) are experiencing burnt out symptoms struggling to handle many COVID-19 cases in a prolong period.

Director General of Health, Tan Sri Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah said, the entry to ICU trend is high and did not show any decrease rate since the 23rd Epidemiology Week from June 6 until June 12, 2021.

Dr. Noor Hisham said, the average daily COVID-19 cases in seven days from 30th June until 6th July 2021 are 6,539 and this is still high as compared to the threshold indicator of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) with less than 4,000 cases per day or 12.2 new daily cases for every 100,000 people.

“The threshold indicator of 4,000 daily cases that is fixed based on the hospital capacity is experiencing an unexpected situation on the cases admitted to the wards and the current discharge cases.

“The states recording new cases more than 12.2 cases for every 100,000 people include Labuan, Negeri Sembilan, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Melaka, Putrajaya, Sarawak and Pahang,” Dr. Noor Hisham said in a statement here today.

Dr. Noor Hisham also highlighted that the new daily cases in four states have reached the maximum capacity of the hospital and the states (with more than 38 daily new cases for every 100,000 people) involved are Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Negeri Sembilan, and Labuan.

“The daily new cases reported did not show any sign of decreasing instead the cases have increased on an average of 2.6 per cent for seven days recently.

If this situation prolongs, the health system in the states concerned will collapse and the situation will probably prevails nationwide,” Dr. Noor Hisham added.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) is very worried on the current situation and tookseveral immediate measures to increase the capacity to treat COVID-19 on the grounds.

Among the measures taken are:- Several hospitals in Klang Valley areas have been coverted to Full COVID-19 Hospitals example Ampang Hospital, Sungai Buloh Hospital and Children Expert Hospital, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM);increasing the capacity of Kuala Lumpur Hospital (KLH), Selayang Hospital and Tengku Ampuan Rahimah, Klang Hospital (HTAR) to be the centre of treatment for category 4 and 5; non- COVID-19 patients are transferred to private hospitals especially around KLH and HTAR via out sourcing mechanisms, considering to change the status of Shah Alam Hospital to treat COVID-19 cases and to increase the beds capacity to place the COVID-19 patients at the Public Quarantine and Treatment Centres (PKRC) specially totreat COVID-19 patients.-Malaysia World News

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