80 healthcare staff tested positive for Covid-19

KUALA LUMPUR, 26 March 2020:

Director-general of Health Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah today said 80 healthcare staff of the Health Ministry have tested positive for Covid-19, but none contracted the disease from managing Covid-19 positive patients.

He said all frontline healthcare personnel have been advised to take preventive measures such as keeping their hands clean at all times, practising social distancing and wearing protective apparel as specified.

Dr Noor Hisham told a press conference yesterday that the major sources of the infection of the healthcare staff were a religious gathering, weddings, travel abroad and contact with family members with Covid-19.

Meanwhile, Kluang Enche’ Besar Hajjah Khalsom Hospital (HEBHK) has been turned into a Covid-19 designated treatment hospital in the state since yesterday.

Johor Health and Environment Committee chairman R. Vidyananthan said the State Health Department made the decision following the increasing number of Covid-19 cases in the state.

“As at yesterday (March 25), there was an increase of 34 positive Covid-19 cases resulting in a cumulative total of 196 cases. Another two fatalities were reported bringing the death toll to five,” he said in a statement today.

As such he said non-emergency cases are advised to seek treatment at clinics or other nearby hospitals.

Vidyananthan said elective surgeries and daily treatment procedures would have to be postponed until the outpatient department and specialists clinic service are relocated at the former Kluang nursing administrative building, which is next to the old Kluang Hospital, beginning March 29.

“Clinical operations after office hours have also been postponed, while new non Covid-19 patients will no longer be accepted except for emergency maternity cases.”

Vidyananthan urged the public to give their full cooperation, adding that no visitors are allowed for Covid-19 patients throughout treatment at HEBHK.

– Bernama