Covid-19: Temerloh Hospital operating as usual, only some section closed for disinfection


KUANTAN (Bernama): The Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Hospital in Temerloh is still operating as usual, although some sections are temporarily closed for disinfection work due to an outbreak of Covid-19 at the hospital.

Pahang Health director Datuk Dr Bahari Che Awang Ngah (pic) said, in a statement Thursday (June 17), that the closure, which will be from Wednesday (June 16) until June 20, involved the Specialist Clinic Day Care Unit, Hemodialysis Unit and Rehabilitation Department.

He said patients in need of treatment would be referred to the nearest government health facilities.

Dr Bahari said the index case was a man who is in his 20s from Maran who cared for his father in a normal ward last week.

"Subsequently, a risk assessment was carried out on all patients and health staff in the ward and those classified as close contacts to the positive case were screened.

"Patients exposed to the risk of infection but tested negative have been isolated in the isolation rooms for repeat sampling while all staff classified as close contacts are being quarantined," he said.

The index case was confirmed to be related to the Rantau Kenanga cluster in Felda Jengka 7, Maran.

As of Saturday (June 12), a total of 23 people from the ward had tested positive, involving nine health workers, 12 patients and two patient caregivers.

Two deaths were reported, including the father of the index case. - Bernama

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