Over half healthcare workers contracted Covid-19 from colleagues

covid-19 coronavirus Malaysia Picture for representational purposes only. PIX: SYAFIQ AMBAK / MalaysiaaGazette / 26 MAY 2020. Healthcare workers Covid-19 coronavirus
Picture for representational purposes only.PIX: SYAFIQ AMBAK / MalaysiaaGazette / 26 MAY 2020.

By Kumara Sabapatty

KUALA LUMPUR – There is an increment of Covid-19 positive cases among the frontliners, especially healthcare workers from the public and private sectors.

Director-General of Health, Tan Sri Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah said, the condition is worrying as they play vital role as the backbone of the national healthcare system.

Based on the investigation, the Covid-19 positive cases among the healthcare workers from the Ministry of Health (MOH) is caused by infections among themselves.

“This contributed to 53 percent from the total cases involving healthcare workers, which means, more than half of the healthcare workers got Covid-19 after being infected by other healthcare workers.

“The infections from community amounted to 22 percent. Meanwhile, infection from handling patients with yet to be known Covid-19 status is 17 percent.

“At the moment, no MOH healthcare workers contracted Covid-19 while handling patients verified with the disease at the Covid-19 ward or the Intensive Care Unit (ICU),” he said.

According to Noor Hisham, it is very important for the healthcare workers to take precautionary measures at all time, especially while on duty.

He added, safe physical distancing at the work place among co-workers and while handling patients must be practiced.

Cleanliness of shared spaces such as the nurse counters, dining area, pantry, prayer room and staff restrooms must be ensured at all time.

“As frequently emphasized, MOH would like to remind all healthcare workers from MOH working at the hospitals and health clinics to wear 3-ply face masks throughout the work hours.

“Healthcare workers must also practice hand hygiene, cough etiquette and wear suitable personal protective equipment (PPE) while carrying out their duty,” he said.

He also reminded private health practitioners to use suitable PPE when carrying out clinical procedures for Covid-19 positive cases. –MalaysiaGazette

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