Lack of machines at Sibu hospital reason for delayed Covid-19 test results


SIBU Hospital is sending more than 1,000 samples a day to Kuala Lumpur for RT-PCR testing as it does not have enough machines for the test.

Bawang Assan SUPP chairman Senator Robert Lau Hui Yew said in a statement that the hospital currently has only two machines, one of which was donated by a private company.

“This has led to a delay in getting the test results in Sibu, ” he said.

A total of 51,640 swab tests were done from Jan 10 to Feb 16, which is an average of 1,435 tests per day.

Lau said the Federal Govern-ment did not supply more RT-PCR machines to Sibu Hospital as the number of Covid-19 cases was very low last year.

It was only after the Pasai Cluster was detected on Jan 8 that the number of positive cases rose.

“We had two machines in the second half of last year, including one from a foreign university, ” he said, adding that the machine had to be returned later.

“With only one machine and with the surge in cases, a request was made to the Federal Government for funding to buy another unit, ” said Lau, adding that approval would take some time.

Fortunately, a company came forward and the new machine arrived in December last year, he said. - By ANDY CHUA

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 46
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3

Sibu Hospital , RT-PCR test

   

Next In Metro News

Preparations made in case more schools close
Volunteers help 5,000 register for Covid-19 vaccination
Villagers seek settlement for uncompleted homes
Community policing posts well received
Master languages besides mother tongue, Malaysians urged
Back-to-school assistance
In recognition of excellent work
Youths urged to apply to state creative industry fund for arts and culture projects
RM5mil matching grants for SMEs
Screen for home security

Stories You'll Enjoy


Vouchers