3 Covid-19 clusters found in Sarawak

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Director-General of Health Datuk Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah at the daily news conference on the latest development of Covid-19 infection in Malaysia. PIX: IQBAL BASRI / MalaysiaGazette / 30 APRIL 2020
Director-General of Health Datuk Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah at the daily news conference on the latest development of Covid-19 infection in Malaysia.PIX: IQBAL BASRI / MalaysiaGazette / 30 APRIL 2020

By Mohd Zaini Samsu Hadi

PUTRAJAYA – The Ministry of Health (MOH) found three Covid-19 clusters in Sarawak.

The three clusters are namely, the religious assembly at a church in Kuching, Person Under Investigations (PUI) from Italy and the Sarawak General Hospital Cluster (SGH) which involved the healthcare workers of the hospital, said Director-General of Health, Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

He said, most of the cases from the SGH cluster were closely related to the biggest cluster in Kuching, the religious assembly cluster at a church with 29 cases or 51.8 percent.

“Based on the investigation, there was no Covid-19 case being transmitted from managing the patients from the Covid-19 ward or the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the hospital.

“As of 29 April 2020, a total of 2,003 close contacts have been identified following the close contact active case detection conducted by the MOH,” he said during the daily Covid-19 news conference today.

Noor Hisham said, a total of 1950 healthcare workers were tested negative of the disease.

“Following the Covid-19 outbreak, strict preventive measures are being taken, which include the disinfection of all related areas.

“The mobilisation activities from the hospital and health clinics, social distancing, PPE were conducted under stringent monitoring at all public areas,” he said.

According to Noor Hisham, all healthcare workers involved also wen through screening according to the guidelines.

He said, the MOH had started their Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) at all MOH health facilities, including individual and group Psychological First Aid.

He added, emotional support and counselling to the healthcare workers are also being offered online and at the hospital and state level.

“Active preventive measures were taken to ensure that the services and SGH is unaffected.

“As of now, critical services at SGH are ongoing as usual and MOH is closely monitoring this,” he said. -MalaysiaGazette

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