Patients can still see specialists at govt clinics and hospitals


  • Metro News
  • Thursday, 21 May 2020

Patients waiting outside the Larkin dental clinic in Johor Baru.

THOSE in need of specialist treatment, including dental work, can continue seeing doctors at all government hospitals and health clinics in Johor.

State health and environment committee chairman R. Vidyananthan said operating hours for specialist clinics remain unchanged during the conditional movement control order.

“We have received queries about these services during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“No specialist clinic has been closed and patients are still being attended to.

“The only difference is that safety measures are in place at these premises to protect both the medical staff and public.

“Entry and exit points at hospitals and clinics are now monitored as visitors have their temperature taken and everyone must complete the Covid-19 declaration forms,” said Vidyananthan.

He said between March 1 and April 30, 132,045 people visited specialists at 12 hospitals statewide.

“Some steps have been taken to reduce the number of people visiting hospitals and clinics.

“For now, only patients with serious medical problems are given follow-up appointments.

“For less serious cases, medication for longer periods is being given.”

Vidyananthan said that dental clinics had seen a big drop in the number of patients during the MCO.

“There was a 25.54% drop, with 50,933 patients seeking dental services in March compared to 68,413 in January.”

He said there were 30 dental clinics and 23 dental specialists statewide, and that for now only emergency cases were being treated.

“The dental emergencies include toothache, extraction, injuries to the mouth, nerve pain and bleeding after an extraction.”

Vidyananthan said the clinics would not provide services such as fillings and scaling for now.

On the Covid-19 situation, he said the state had recorded 668 cases with 19 deaths so far.

“A total of 520 patients have been discharged and of the 668 cases, 46 involve children below 12,” he said, adding that 31 children had since recovered.

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