48 T’ganu hospital frontliners positive for Covid-19

PETALING JAYA: A total of 48 health workers at Hospital Sultanah Nur Zahirah (HSNZ) in Kuala Terengganu have tested positive for Covid-19, says Terengganu State Health Director Dr Nor Azimi Yunus.

In a statement on Jan 29, Dr Nor Azimi said investigations to identify the source of infection were underway and all those found positive have been isolated and are being treated.

Science, Technology and Innovation Deputy Minister Ahmad Amzad Hashim also tweeted his concern over the high number of frontliners affected at HSNZ.

“Very shocking news from the Terengganu State Health Department confirming 49 health workers at HSNZ infected with Covid-19.

“This is very worrying at this critical time when the daily number of cases in Kuala Terengganu has yet to show signs of abating,” tweeted Ahmad Amzad, who is also the Kuala Terengganu MP.

Bernama further reported that HSNZ had taken steps to control the infection and temporarily suspended operations at the Emergency and Trauma Department.

“Patient treatment management at HSNZ is still ongoing and is under control.

“The Intensive Care Unit (ICU), operating room and emergency services are also ongoing.

“However, to reduce disruption to existing services, the service for treatment of minor cases at the Emergency and Trauma Department has been temporarily suspended beginning yesterday (Friday),” said Dr Nor Azimi.

She advised the public who want to seek treatment for minor cases (Green Zone) to go to the HSNZ Outpatient Department or a nearby health clinic.

Dr Nor Azimi said the public were also asked not to spread false and unverified information so as not to cause concern and confusion among the community.

“The department will always ensure that appropriate prevention and control measures are implemented continuously among health workers and patients in the hospital area,” she said.

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