Sarawak GH visitors to fill up declaration form

  • Nation
  • Friday, 09 May 2003

KUCHING: All visitors to the Sarawak General Hospital have to fill up a health declaration form and have their temperatures taken. 

State health director Dr Yao Sik Chi said each patient was allowed to have two visitors at a time. 

The hospital was closed on April 28 as a precaution against SARS after a 103-year-old woman was warded for pneumonia. 

Dr Yao said while the hospital has been opened to the public, the male medical ward and the intensive care unit remained close. 

He said five patients at the isolation ward did not have fever and cough and were recovering. 

On the Sentosa Hospital for mental patients, he said a male patient with slight fever and cough was transferred to its isolation ward on Wednesday afternoon. 

“All the 21 patients - 14 in the isolation ward and seven in the sick bay - did not have fever and cough. Their general condition is satisfactory.” 

He said the “no visitor” ruling for the Sentosa Hospital would be lifted if no patient or staff fell ill for a continuous 20-day period. 

Dr Yao advised patients not to send their children who had fever or cough to tuition centres and teachers having such symptoms to stop giving tuition. 

The same advice applies to kindergartens, nurseries and other child-care centres, he said. 

In Kuala Lumpur, the Health Ministry said it would not impose the quarantine order on those returning home for the Gawai Festival as thermal imaging scanners would be installed at Kuching Airport. 

Health deputy director-general Datuk Dr Ismail Merican said the airport had been listed as a top priority area for the scanners in light of the large number of people returning home. 

He said, however, that Sarawak’s health authorities might impose different control measures on those returning to prevent the spread of the virus. 

“All those coming home for this festival will be screened and given information and health alert cards on the SARS symptoms so they will have a better understanding of the illness,” he told the daily SARS briefing. 

Some 20,000 Sarawakians are expected to return home from Peninsula Malaysia and Singapore for the annual festival on June 1 and 2. 

Dr Ismail advised those returning from affected countries to seek medical treatment if they fall sick within 10 days of their return.  

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