PUTRAJAYA (Bernama): Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah has shared his experience of critical moments while receiving treatment at Sungai Buloh Hospital for Covid-19.
The Communications and Multimedia Minister said he suffered shortness of breath after his oxygen reading was at a low level of 70%.
"The point is do not mess with Covid-19. I was one of the lucky ones to be warded in the Sungai Buloh Hospital for 16 days. For five days, I was in the observation ward and then one morning, my oxygen level was low at 70% and I had shortness of breath.
"Indeed that was a critical time. The nurse sat next to me for half an hour to advise me how to breathe properly.
"We feel we know how to breathe because we have lived a long time but there is a hollow intake, full intake and half intake. Alhamdulillah, my oxygen level improved or else I would have been taken to the intensive care unit.
"I was discharged (from hospital) on the second day of Hari Raya, and yes, my lungs are affected," he said, admitting that he tires easily due to the infection.
Saifuddin was relating his experience to the media after a handing-over ceremony of the Music Digital Content Fund (DKD Muzik) amounting to RM6mil to 960 Malaysian music activists held online on Tuesday (June 1).
He said apart from being vaccinated, individuals also need to ensure a strong immune system to fight against the virus.
Saifuddin said before being infected with Covid-19 on April 29, he planned to receive the vaccine with media practitioners by following all standard operating procedures.
However, he could not be with them to receive the vaccine because he has to wait for a suitable date after being infected.
Meanwhile, Saifuddin said the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia together with Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM), Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama) and National Film Development Corporation, Malaysia (Finas) is continuing to channel various content related to Covid-19 to educate the public with regard to the pandemic.
"Now the focus is on the east coast which seems to have less vaccine response. RTM Radio, in Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang, plays a role in helping the community in terms of vaccine registration and vaccination campaigns.
“We have to do whatever it takes because we want to achieve the goal of vaccinating the people," he said. - Bernama