‘Ignoring symptoms can be deadly’


PETALING JAYA: Health experts have advised those having symptoms not to ignore them following a rise in “brought in dead” cases at hospitals.

Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) president Datuk Dr M. Subramaniam said he believed that delays in seeking medical attention could be among the reasons behind such cases although only a post-mortem could confirm the actual cause.

“As there is a surge in Covid-19 cases, there is of course a likelihood of death from severe Covid-19 cases. Failure to recognise symptoms of a serious disease or medical condition including Covid-19 can be among the reasons, ” he said.

He urged Malaysians not to delay seeking medical attention if they were unwell and to avoid self-diagnosis and treatment.

“Early detection of illnesses can produce better outcomes so it is always better to immediately seek care from a trained medical professional.

“It is also important that Malaysians give priority to health. Adopting a healthy lifestyle can reduce the risk of disease.

“Those with comorbidities need to also be extra careful especially when going to public areas, ” he said, adding that the SOP must be strictly adhered to and people should get vaccinated as soon as possible.

Dr Subramaniam said vaccines have proven to be effective in preventing severe illness from Covid-19, including death.

On Sunday, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the number of people “brought in dead” to hospitals, especially in the Klang Valley,

has been increasing although he did not state if they died due to Covid-19.

He said Covid-19 tests would be conducted on the bodies before a post-mortem was conducted.

The country has been seeing an increase in Covid-19 deaths, recording a seven-day average of 39 deaths as of Tuesday.

Cases in the country too have been skyrocketing with a record high of 6,075 cases yesterday.

International Islamic University of Malaysia public health specialist Asst Prof Dr Mohammad Farhan Rusli said the rise in deaths was an indicator that Covid-19 cases were not being detected.

“When a person has been exposed or is at a high-risk area, they must get themselves tested and not just wave off minor symptoms as just a common cold.

“The increase in silent carriers and asymptomatic patients may also expose others without their knowledge. It is a very worrying trend indeed. Get yourself tested, observe the SOP and ensure that if you have any symptom, see a doctor, ” he said.

Dr Farhan said the rise in deaths could also be attributed to the Variants of Concern (VOC) being detected in the country which directly attacked the lungs.

As such, he said even with vaccination, the public must continue to observe the SOP for their own safety.

The South African (B.1.351), Indian (B.1.617), United Kingdom (B.117) and Brazilian (P.1) variants have been classified as VOC here.

Malaysian Public Health Physicians Association president Datuk Dr Zainal Ariffin Omar said the deaths could be due to the highly infectious variants currently in the community.

He said this could also be due to the rising Covid-19 cases or people seeking treatment late.

“I advise Malaysians to practise self-quarantine if they have symptoms and to contact a health personnel or to go to a clinic when they are not sure of their health status, ” he said.

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