Melaka health officials have hard time managing mentally-ill man under Covid-19 home quarantine


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  • Wednesday, 29 Jul 2020

MELAKA: Melaka Health Department officials had a hard time managing a patient-under-investigation (PUI) for Covid-19 after he scared neighbours by loitering in his neighbourhood while wearing a pink quarantine wristband.

Melaka Health and Anti-Drug Committee chairman Rahmad Mariman said the 24-year-old was reported to have been strolling around his neighbourhood during his compulsory home quarantine order and was later diagnosed to be a person with mental health problems.

"Health officials found it tough to quarantine the man at his home due to his mental condition.

"However, the man tested negative at both Covid-19 screenings and his wristband was removed on Wednesday (July 29)," he said.

Rahmad said the man was also referred to Melaka Hospital's psychiatric department and is currently seeking treatment.

He said that family members of the man were also advised to keep vigil on him during the quarantine period but he still slipped out of his home.

Rahmad was commenting on concerns raised by villagers of Kampung Bukit Tembakau in Jasin who sighted the man loitering with his wristband on, last week.

He said health officials acted on the issue on Sunday (July 26).

Rahmad said the man had returned from Australia with his family and undergone the compulsory home quarantine.

He added that the first screening was done at KL International Airport, where he tested negative.

Rahmad added that health officials monitored and disinfected the areas the man visited as part of precautionary measures.

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