‘Please go elsewhere’

Many hospitals in Malaysia are screening visitors and staff for fever as part of measures to combat Covid-19 spread. Some medical centres have also asked patients to postpone elective surgeries during this period. —Bernama

JOHOR BARU: Johor now has two Covid-19 designated treatment centres to help cope with the rise in cases in the state.

The state health department has decided to turn Hospital Enche’ Besar Hajjah Khalsom (HEBHK) in Kluang into another Covid-19 treatment centre, following the first one at Permai Hospital here.

State health and environment committee chairman R. Vidyananthan, who is also the Kahang assemblyman, said the decision was taken due to the increasing number of Covid-19 cases in Johor.

As of yesterday, the Health Ministry reported an increase of 43 positive Covid-19 cases in Johor, bringing the total number to 239.

The number of fatalities in the state now stands at six.

To facilitate HEBHK’s new role as a Covid-19 treatment centre, for non-emergency cases, patients have been advised to seek treatment at clinics or other hospitals, said Vidyananthan in a media conference shown live via Facebook.

Services that have been reduced, postponed or relocated to the nearest hospitals included daily treatments as well as for thalassaemia.

“Elective surgeries and daily treatment procedures have been postponed while outpatient department and specialists clinic services have been relocated to the former Kluang Nursing Administrative Building, which is located next to the old Kluang Hospital, starting Sunday.

“Clinical operations after office hours have also been postponed while admission of new non-Covid-19 patients has been stopped except for emergency maternity cases, ” he added.

Vidyananthan urged the public to cooperate in making sure HEBHK’s new role as a Covid-19 treatment centre proceeded smoothly.

He also reminded that visitors were not allowed at the hospital during the duration.

Meanwhile, the state health department has also denied that the Sultanah Fatimah Specialist Hospital in Muar has been put under quarantine due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Its state director Dr Aman Rabu dismissed such reports which have been circulating on social media, in particular through WhatsApp, as untrue and fake news.

“No, ” he replied via a text message to StarMetro following enquiries made about the hospital here.

A voice recording of a man claiming that two doctors and one staff nurse have tested positive for Covid-19 has been going viral on social media.

The man also warned people to stay away from the hospital.

The recording went viral after Covid-19 claimed the life of a 71-year-old man from Melaka, the 15th death from the virus in the country.

The man, who had a history of chronic disease, was admitted to the Sultanah Fatimah Specialist Hospital in Muar on March 18 and died six days later.

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