‘We have enough manpower’

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 28 Jan 2020

Safety first: Medical staff at Permai Hospital putting on face masks to protect themselves.

JOHOR BARU: Johor has assured that it has enough manpower to handle all suspected cases of the novel coronavirus.

State Education, Health and Human Resources Committee chairman Aminolhuda Hassan said there were sufficient medical personnel and facilities at the government hospitals and clinics here.

“The number of patients going to government hospitals and clinics is on the rise as they fear that they may have the coronavirus.

“At the moment, we have enough medical staff and facilities to cater to the situation, ” he said when contacted.

A medical officer at the Hospital Sultanah Aminah emergency department said the hospital had been receiving many patients over the past few days, with some referred from private medical institutions.

“We have received quite a number of patients, but it has not reached a point where the hospital is overcrowded.

“For those showing symptoms of the coronavirus, we will send them to Permai Hospital to be quarantined and for further action, ” he said.

Mentri Besar Datuk Dr Sahruddin Jamal said he was satisfied with the workflow of the health department and all other agencies that had been tasked to monitor all 12-entry points in the state.

“So far, only four cases of the coronavirus have been recorded.

“All the cases are currently being quarantined and any updates will be given by the Health Ministry, ” he said after attending a meeting with Health Director-General Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah at Permai Hospital here yesterday.

Johor Tourism, Women, Family and Community Development Committee chairman Liow Cai Tung said the state health department would be conducting a seminar with hotel owners today about precautionary steps that can be conducted to prevent an outbreak at their premises.

“We had earlier met with travel agencies and so far, all tourism players are cooperating with the government on the matter.

“This is a good sign as we want to ensure that this virus does not spread anywhere else, ” she said.

It was earlier reported that 14 Malaysians and nine foreigners had been classified under Patients Under Investigation for the coronavirus.

Noor Hisham said the number of cumulative cases between Jan 10 and Jan 26 totalled 23.

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