Private hospitals confident of tackling disease

  • Nation
  • Monday, 07 Apr 2003

PETALING JAYA: Family healthcare providers are now more confident to handle Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) suspected cases following the Government’s issuance of the third version of guidelines on the disease, said Association of Private Hospitals of Malaysia president Datuk Dr Ridzwan Bakar. 

The revised guidelines released by the Health Ministry had made it clear the steps that needed to be taken if a patient came in with the symptoms, he said. 

“They are more assured now as the guidelines highlight what they need to do such as classifying the patient as suspect or not and then referring them to a dedicated hospital,'' he said when contacted yesterday. 

He said the private medical sector would know what to do now if a patient refused to be admitted into a public hospital.  

“We have discussed it with the ministry and have the understanding that the district health officer concerned can issue a quarantine order making it compulsory for a patient to be admitted into a dedicated hospital,” he added. 

He cited a case where two foreigners had insisted on being admitted into a private hospital. 

“The hospital had to admit them because there were no guidelines outlining what private hospitals could do if they had to handle such a case. Now they know what to do,” he said.  

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