SIBU: All quarantine centres and low-risk quarantine and treatment centres (PKRC) in Bintulu are currently overwhelmed with no more space for new patients, says Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing (pic).
The Bintulu MP said in a statement on Friday (Sept 3) that there are still more than 300 confirmed patients who have not been taken in for further treatment, as there is no room for them at quarantine centres.
"If we add close contacts to the list, more than 1,000 people are still waiting for arrangements to be made by hospitals and the Health Department because there is no available space at the quarantine centres and PKRC in Bintulu,” said Tiong.
He added that patients are currently under home quarantine due to a lack of space at the centres, and said that he hoped that people can realise how serious the situation has become.
Tiong warned those under home quarantine to not break it, or action would be taken against them.
"Everyone in home quarantine will be wearing isolation bracelets. Once they are found to have left isolation without authorisation and sneaked out, they will have to face the legal repercussions. I hope everyone is aware of this as it would make the situation worse," he said.
He also said that a 24-hour emergency service line will also be provided so that patients are able to contact for medical assistance at any time during home quarantine and that essential non-perishable foods will also be provided by the Bintulu Welfare Department.
Tiong also said that medical personnel must also prepare adequate medical equipment and make regular visits to check patients.
"Once the patient’s condition is found to have worsened, follow-up treatment should be arranged immediately to avoid any unnecessary fatalities happening due to unchecked quarantine like in Peninsula Malaysia," he said.
He added that if a doctor believes that a patient’s physical condition permits, they will be placed under home quarantine to free up more space and beds for infected patients who need close observation by medical staff.
Tiong added that people have been complaining lately about how many patients and their close contacts at quarantine and low-risk quarantine centres have not been notified by the Health Department about their transfer to home quarantine if needed.
"Due to a sudden increase in confirmed cases, doctors need to conduct multiple assessments for patients under close observation in PRKC isolation. If their physical condition is stable, they will be placed under Category 1 or 2 and their home quarantine environment and transport distance from treatment will be reassessed,” he said.