Covid-19: Most deaths due to late treatment, says Health DG

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  • Tuesday, 24 Mar 2020

Press conference by Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah

PUTRAJAYA (Bernama): Most of the Covid-19 related deaths in the country are due to late treatment, says Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

He said there were five stages of Covid-19 infection but most of the patients came to hospital when they were already at stage three.

"Stage one is where a person is asymptomatic but positive, while stage two is positive with mild symptoms, and stage three is when a patient has some form of pneumonia but does not require oxygen aid.

"In stage four, a patient will require oxygen therapy and the last stage (stage five) is when patients cannot breathe well and we need to intubate them, and put them on a ventilator, ” he told a media briefing on Tuesday (March 25).

Dr Noor Hisham also explained that in most stage four patients, their health would deteriorate fast to move to stage five.

"For example, the latest death, the patient already had breathing difficulty for the last three days, ” he said.

He also said that besides late for treatment, age and comorbidities were among the factors that contributed to the Covid-19 related deaths.

"Some of the patients had comorbidities and most of the cases were above 70 years old, ” he said.

Meanwhile, Dr Noor Hisham said the Health Ministry would enhance its case detection activities.

"It means we will find the case, we test the case, and if it is confirmed, we isolate the case and give treatment.

"We will continue to do our best to look into the focus group. For example, now we know that 60% of the infections are among the tabligh group. We will go and find them and test them, ” he said, adding it was to ensure the individuals from the group would not infect others. - Bernama

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