Covid-19: Symptomatic caregivers urged not to accompany family members to hospital after cluster outbreak in Temerloh hospital

KUANTAN: Symptomatic caregivers are urged not to accompany sick family members in the hospital, following the outbreak of a mini-cluster at a hospital in Temerloh.

Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail said he was saddened by the report that a mini-cluster involving Wad Kenanga 6 at Hospital Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah stemmed from a symptomatic caregiver.

"As a result, terminal cleansing has been carried out, and the ward is closed from admission of new patients.

"The caregiver in question is found to have a link with a positive Covid-19 case in the Felda Jengka 7 settlement in Maran, or known as the Rantau Kenanga cluster," Wan Rosdy said on Sunday (June 13).

He said as of Saturday (June 12), a total of 23 people had been confirmed positive from the ward involving nine healthcare workers, 12 patients and two patient caregivers.

It included two deaths of patients cared for by the symptomatic caregiver, a 71-year-old patient who was the caregiver's father, died on June 9 and another died on June 8.

"In this regard, I appeal to family members who want to care for or accompany other family members who are admitted and treated in the hospital, to refrain from doing so, especially those with symptoms such as cough and fever.

"This is important so that we can avoid being the cause of the existence of new clusters, let alone those involving important public health facilities such as hospitals," said Wan Rosdy.

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