Covid-19 Positive Patients Waited Too Long

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Many covid-19 positive patients were detected in the Miri division and they were examined and detected positive for Covid-19 have already been sent to quarantine centres. What became a problem is that before they were sent to the quarantine centre, they had to wait too long queuing in the tents from daylight until night. Why do they have to wait so long to be sent to a quarantine centre?

Recently, we received complaints about positive patients waiting too long to be sent to a quarantine centre. They came as early as one noon to Miri general hospital until night still waiting for their turn to be called. They lined up and waited in tents in uncomfortable conditions in hot weather and at night there were many mosquitoes.

Imagine a tormented hermit who had to wait in tents in uncomfortable conditions, some were unhealthy, old, and tired of waiting too long. Not only parents but also children who have close contact with Covid-19 positive patients are also affected by this problem.

One of the complainants told us that her elderly mother should have been given a place appropriate to her age and health. If the hospital does not have a suitable place to house her mother, she can be taken home and quarantined at home only. They are able to care for their mother at home comfortably under the supervision and control of the hospital health department.

The health department from the hospital is able to bring positive patients from home without having to take them to the hospital if the waiting room is too full. If the hospital does not have a suitable place, these positive patients should be sent directly to the quarantine centre without having to wait too long in the tent to wait their turn like people coming from outside into Sarawak to be quarantined for 14 days.

We urge the Ministry of Health Malaysia (MOH) and the hospital health department to take note and take immediate action to address this problem. Once their positive results are confirmed, take them directly to the existing quarantine centre without having to wait their turn in the tent.

According to the complainant who did not want his name to be released said, the condition of the quarantine place for his mother was not very comfortable and was not cleaned. We suggest it would be good if she was sent home for quarantine and their family could take good care of their mother and the health department could continue to monitor her health condition. This matter needs to be addressed immediately so that these positive patients get proper treatment, without having to bother them by waiting too long in the tent as happened at the Miri general hospital recently.

We urge the Ministry of Health Malaysia (MOH) and hospitals to take note and take immediate action to address this problem. Once their positive results are confirmed, take them directly to the existing quarantine centre. Cooperation with the Ministry of Health Malaysia and relevant parties to address this problem immediately is greatly appreciated.

Yours faithfully,

Jofri Jaraiee
Sarawak PAS Commissioner cum Miri PAS Chief