Find ways to improve condition at Covid-19 quarantine centre, says Dr M

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. -filepic

PETALING JAYA: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad says the government and medical specialists should find ways to improve conditions at quarantine centres to better stem the spread of Covid-19.

The former prime minister said that judging from pictures of such centres, beds were placed too close to each other and patients tend to gather when top leaders came to visit.

"This will only make it quicker for infections to spread.There are many ways to limit the spread of the virus and I appreciate the efforts in managing the situation but this pandemic is too large a problem to be handled by one person," he said in a post on his blog on Friday (Jan 22).

The Langkawi MP wrote the post after a member of his family was recently infected with Covid-19.

He said the family member initially did not show any serious symptoms and was put under home quarantine but was later sent to hospital after experiencing breathing difficulties.

"However, when this family member was at home, others became infected.I believe there were no more beds available at the hospitals because the number of new infections is close to 4,000 every day," he said.

Dr Mahathir added that it would have been better if the infected family member had been quarantined away from the family's home to prevent others from also catching the disease.

However, he said the quarantine centres need to be conducive with measures to avoid further infections.

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