PETALING JAYA: Hospitals are well prepared to handle the spike in dengue cases and have contingency plans in place, said the Health Ministry.
Deputy director-general Datuk Dr Jeyaindran Sinnadurai said the number of beds had been increased in hospitals in the Klang Valley and states where there was a rise in the cases.
He said the hospitals had a system where beds from other wards could be used for dengue patients.
Patients would be put into various dengue wards according to the level of care they need, he said.
“There is no compromise in patient management,” he said, adding that treatment and therapy were optimised so that the hospital stay could be shorter.
Dr Jeyaindran also encouraged people to log in to the ministry’s website and download a “rapid clerking sheet” for suspected dengue cases.
“Doctors at hospitals also refer to this sheet to determine if a patient can be sent home, needs further observation or should be admitted.
“We are also encouraging general practitioners to use this,” he said.
Dr Jeyaindran said the ministry had been reviewing the way it managed dengue cases and came up with criteria to do this more aggressively.
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