Covid-19: 1,880 positive cases among healthcare workers

healthcare workers A nurse is undergoing temperature check to prevent the spread of Covid-19 at the Sungai Buloh Hospital in Selangor. PIX: HAZROL ZAINAL / MalaysiaGazette / 12 MARCH 2020.
A nurse is undergoing temperature check to prevent the spread of Covid-19 at the Sungai Buloh Hospital in Selangor.PIX: HAZROL ZAINAL / MalaysiaGazette / 12 MARCH 2020.

By Kumara Sabapatty

KUALA LUMPUR –1,880 Covid-19 positive cases were detected among healthcare workers.

According to the Director-General of Health Tan Sri Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah, as of 15 December, 52,593 healthcare workers have undergone Covid-19 screening.

“MOH is also aware of the latest development where there is an increment of cases among healthcare workers, especially from the healthcare facilities in red zones and high risk zones,” he said.

He added, based on the investigation by the Ministry of Health (MOH), most of the cause of infection among healthcare workers is infection between healthcare workers which accounted to 33 percent, and infection from the community (33 healthcare workers).

Dr Noor Hisham said, the ministry always emphasize on the importance of compliance to the Covid-19 control and prevention measures among healthcare workers while they are on duty at the healthcare facilities, especially when they are in the community.

“Among the prevention and control measures recommended to the healthcare workers is to practice the new normal during work such as ensuring hand hygiene.

“They are also compulsory to wear face mask while they are at the healthcare facility, cough etiquette, physical distancing especially in common areas such as the pantry, rest room, prayer room, counter, lift, changing room among others,” he said.

Dr Noor Hisham also said that the healthcare workers are required to wear the appropriate Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) recommended by the MOH besides conducting gate keeping such as temperature screening, declaration of symptoms at entrances of facilities and to conduct daily monitoring on symptoms while on duty,” he said.

Meanwhile, he also urged the public to cooperate with the MOH by providing real information to the healthcare workers so that accurate risk assessment can be made.

According to him, accurate risk assessment is important and can protect the healthcare workers and other patients from being infected by Covid-19. –MalaysiaGazette


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