Melaka Fire and Rescue Dept helped ferry 12 overweight patients to hospitals since last year


MELAKA: Melaka firefighters are responding to yet another challenge during the Covid-19 pandemic - a dozen "bariatric rescues".

Melaka Fire and Rescue Department’s public relations officer Soon Wee Kiang said the department received 12 distress calls to lift overweight patients from their homes to get medical attention since last year.

"There were seven calls made to the department to move obese patients, for the first seven months of this year while five calls were made in 2020.

"Not all cases that we attended to were related to Covid-19 positive cases," he said in an interview on Tuesday (July 27).

Soon said the heaviest individual rescued among the 12 cases, weighed 230kg.

He said such tasks have to be managed delicately to avoid injuries on the patients when lifting them.

Firefighters attended to the latest rescue of an overweight individual on Sunday (July 25).

In the recent case, a 35-year-old man made a distress call after he experienced health complications on the same day he ended his Covid-19 home quarantine.

Merlimau Fire and Rescue Department chief Mohamad Faisal Fuad said the man, weighing 180kg, had to be ferried to Melaka Hospital on a truck.

He said seven firefighters rushed to the man's house at Kampung Paya Lengkong at Merlimau here before sending him to the hospital.

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