KLANG: Private hospitals have been diligent and on time in reporting Covid-19 cases to authorities, says Association of Private Hospitals Malaysia (APHM) president Datuk Dr Kuljit Singh (pic).
He said he was certain there weren’t any private hospitals delaying in sending data to the relevant government agency.
“This is something that we are not aware of and as far as private hospitals are concerned, we do not delay and report the cases as soon as we get the Covid-19 test results.
“It is our obligation to report them immediately and that is what we have been doing, ’’ added Dr Kuljit.
He was responding to Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah’s statement that the spike in Covid-19 numbers recently was due to a delay in reporting cases to the National Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre.
Dr Noor Hisham had added that there had been delayed reporting by private facilities via the Public Health Information System (Simka).
Dr Kuljit also said APHM is prepared to meet up with the relevant government agencies to discuss the matter.
“We are working as a team with the Health Ministry to beat Covid-19.
“We want to know if there are any shortcomings on our part to rectify the matter, ’’ he said while reiterating that as far as he knew, there were no issues with the way private hospitals were handling the Covid-19 situation.
The recent four-digit figure in daily cases, with a majority of them coming from Selangor, has raised many queries.
Last week, Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Sri Amirudin Shari had said the increase in Covid-19 cases in the state, as announced by the Health Ministry, was reflective of the results of backlog cases coming from screening exercises at factories, prisons, clinics and private hospitals that had not been immediately reported.
He added the Selangor Health Department would be compounding private clinics and hospitals that delayed reporting positive cases on the same day through Simka.
Meanwhile, Selangor Task Force for Covid-19 (STFC) chairman Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said he was shocked to learn the figures reported by Dr Noor Hisham were not the exact number of daily cases.
“I don’t want to be presumptuous, but this means we are not being informed in real time of the daily cases and this makes all the analyses on the Covid-19 situation here questionable, ’’ said Dr Dzulkefly when contacted.
He said accuracy of data was crucial as it was required in determining the current situation as well as the direction each state must take in its efforts to battle Covid-19.
“We should be informed what are the current numbers and what are the backlog cases instead of being informed of lumped together figures, ’’ said Dr Dzulkefly.
He added that the Health Ministry must act quickly to rectify the matter and Dr Noor Hisham must divulge the exact number of backlog cases received daily separately from the real time daily cases.