ALOR SETAR: Medical personnel in Kedah hospitals have to make a tough choice in balancing treatment for chronically ill patients, says health and local government committee chairman Datuk Dr Mohd Hayati Othman.
This is after the state saw an increase in the number of Covid-19 patients who suffered complications and had to be placed in the intensive care units (ICU).
Sinar Harian quoted him as saying if Covid-19 cases in the state continue to rise, it is expected that other chronically ill patients will have limited space to be admitted to ICUs.
Dr Mohd Hayati said currently, the ICU beds are still sufficient but its medical personnel have to make a decision.
"I’m at loss about this issue because in some of these cases, we have to choose who should be given ICU treatment first.
"For chronic disease patients or Covid-19 patients, we have to make this heavy judgment on who should be placed in the ICU, although it is hoped that they can be treated until they recover and stabilise," he was quoted as saying.
Dr Mohd Hayati added the situation would worsen if people were still “careless” and leave their homes without any reasons including not adhering to the standard operating procedures (SOPs).
He said he noticed that Malaysians were still in the Hari Raya mood and hoped that this would not be an excuse for them to violate the SOPs that have been set by the National Security Council (NSC).