Reacting to fast-shifting needs a key to break Covid-19 chain in Sabah, says medical practitioner

  • Nation
  • Monday, 19 Oct 2020

KOTA KINABALU: Rapid mobilisation of healthcare resources and reacting to the fast-shifting needs on the ground are now key factors to break the Covid-19 chain in Sabah, says medical practitioner Dr John Teo.

He said the need to meet the spread of Covid-19 was not just a one-off as the situation was rapidly changing.

"Community spread is wide and the rapid mobilisation of healthcare resources is urgently needed," Dr Teo said.

“The quantum of mobilisation needs to meet the escalating demand in red zones and other areas. From the Covid 19 numbers we see daily, the need may outstrip demand in a very short time frame, ” said Dr Teo, who is working with other members of the medical fraternity to help the state.

“All issues are critical and pressing including manpower, medical equipment and personal protective equipment (PPE) and the distribution of needs shift rapidly, resulting in risks of mal- distribution, ” he said when asked what was the most pressing issue facing overstretched frontliners.

However, he said that the Health Ministry was trying its best “but we need every stakeholder, including politicians, policy-makers, other government agencies and NGOs as well as the public to play their part.”

“The needs are enormous and the gaps are changing rapidly, ” he said, reiterating the need for everyone to get involved in assisting to break the chain of infection.

Dr Teo also said that the government needed to coordinate and integrate all relief efforts across the spectrum rapidly and effectively.

The obstetrician and gynaecologist added that transparency and accountability is critical in engaging NGOs and the public.

“Many NGOs and the public are assisting in the efforts, but central coordination of all these activities determines the effectiveness of this assistance, ” he added.

The public is also a " vaccine" to curb the pandemic, Dr Teo said in urging them to do their part and follow the standard operating procedures (SOPs) to help stop the spread of the virus.

Sabah has been recording daily three-digit Covid-19 numbers since Oct 1 and to-date, has recorded 61 deaths with 4,650 active cases.

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