Doc: Be vigilant and follow SOP to stay safe

  • Metro News
  • Monday, 01 Jun 2020

Dr Ng (right) handing over donated medical supplies to Johor Healh Department director Dr Aman Rabu.

JOHOR BARU: While the number of people testing positive for Covid-19 has come down, the public must not become complacent and adhere to safety guidelines set by the government.

Johor Doctors Association founder and president (PDDJ) Dr Ng Kim Fong said to contain the outbreak, people must follow the standard operating procedures (SOP) such as wear face masks when in a crowd, wash hands regularly and practise social distancing.

“They must follow the SOP strictly for their own safety,” he said, adding that the Covid-19 was now asymptomatic, with those infected not displaying the usual symptom of the virus.

Dr Ng said that until a vaccine was found, it was better for the people to continue taking precautions.

So far, Johor has recorded 671 positive Covid-19 cases statewide, with 19 deaths.

Dr Ng said the public and non-governmental-organisations, had helped frontliners fight the virus, such as making and providing face masks and even medical equipment over the past few weeks.

He said PDDJ had donated RM236,988 worth of medical equipment, including personal protective equipment, face masks, face shields and hand sanitiser.

Volunteers making personal protective equipment for frontliners.Volunteers making personal protective equipment for frontliners.

“We are also grateful for the sponsorship from the Johor Baru Tiong Hua Association which donated three medical beds, one emergency trolley, 10 blood pressure sets, five thermo-scans and five pulse oximeters,” said Dr Ng.

He said they collaborated with Ihsan Johor to get the face shields.

“Another NGO, Johor Baru Tzu Chi Association, helped produce 7,000 pieces of protective face shields in just eight days to meet demand,” he said, adding that the hospitals in Johor now had adequate supply of equipment.

He said supplies received were channelled to different hospitals and agencies statewide, including Hospital Sultanah Aminah (HSA), Hospital Sultan Ismail (HSI), Hospital Permai, Hospital Kluang, Hospital Sultanah Nora Ismail, Batu Pahat, Hospital Kulai, Hospital Kota Tinggi, Johor Bahru Public Health Laboratory, Johor District Health Office, the police and others.

Dr Ng said they hoped to raise funds to instal special air purifiers at operation theatres and special wards in hospitals designated for patients with severe acute respiratory illness.

“We need RM100,000 for this project, for five units,” he said, adding that each unit cost about RM20,000.

“The units come with ultra violet lights to improve air quality.

“To start this project, PDDJ will use its funds to buy one unit first,” he said.

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