Government hospitals cutting down on visiting hours


GEORGE TOWN: The number of visitors allowed in wards will be limited with immediate effect to contain the spread of Covid-19, says state health director Dr Asmayani Khalib.

She said children below the age of 12 would be strictly barred from visiting patients.

“The visiting hours at all hospitals in Penang have been shortened from 1pm to 2pm and from 5pm to 6.30pm every day, including public holidays, until further notice,” she said in a statement.

Separately, Penang City Council clarified that a coffeeshop in Bandar Baru Air Itam was ordered to close for 14 days since March 6 due to hygiene factors and not to the virus.

In KUALA TERENGGANU, all hospitals in the state have also adopted similar measures to curb the spread and reduce the risk of infection among patients, visitors and hospital staff.

“The visiting hours at all government hospitals have been shortened from 1pm to 2pm and 5pm to 7pm every day, including public holidays.

“Visitors with symptoms of fever, cough or flu are not encouraged to visit patients,” Terengganu health director Dr Nor Azimi Yunus said in a statement.

There are six government hospitals in Terengganu – Sultanah Nur Zahirah Hospital in Kuala Terengganu, Dungun Hospital, Kemaman Hospital, Hulu Terengganu Hospital, Besut Hospital and Setiu Hospital.

In SEREMBAN, acting state health director Dr Mohammad Faid Abd Rashid refuted allegations on social media that some health clinics were closed due to Covid-19.

“All the clinics are open and operating as usual.

“But there are health clinics in Seremban that are involved in the sampling activity for suspected cases.

“Disinfection activity is a routine practice carried out at all health facilities to prevent cross-infection to other patients and health personnel.

“This is normally carried out after operating hours. Hence, all health clinics in Negri Sembilan are operating as usual,” he said. — Bernama

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