Johor govt hospitals seeing decline in Covid-19 admissions and ICU usage, says exco man

JOHOR BARU: Government hospitals in Johor have seen a downward trend in the number of Covid-19 patients and admissions over the last two weeks, says state health and environment committee chairman R. Vidyananthan.

He added that the number of Covid-19 patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) has decreased by 31% from 97 to 66 in the same period while the daily admission of Covid-19 patients also went down by 43% from 223 to 127.

“Therefore, we can see the effect in the use of Covid-19 beds in government hospitals in Johor, which currently shows usage of only 994 beds (41%) out of 2,414 of the total non-ICU beds," he said here on Thursday (Oct 7).

He added that as the country moved towards the endemic phase, there is a need to decentralise the management of Covid-19 patients, including by Covid-19 assessment centres (CAC).

“In this regard, there is a change in the location of CAC operations in Johor Baru.

"The two existing CAC, namely Bukit Indah and Pasir Gudang, will close from this Saturday (Oct 9).

“However, the CAC service will continue to operate at 13 government health clinics around the district,” he said.

Vidyananthan called upon Covid-19 positive patients to obtain a health assessment status notification by visiting where a health officer would contact the patient within 48 hours and an appointment date at the clinics would be given.

“I would like to remind the public that walk-ins are not allowed at these clinics.

"For other districts in Johor, there is no change in their respective CAC locations for now,” he said, adding that the public would be notified of any changes from time to time.

Meanwhile, on the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme for youths aged 12 to 17 years old, which started in Johor on Sept 20, Vidyananthan said 358,437 of the estimated 359,900 youths in the state have registered through MySejahtera.

“Up to Wednesday (Oct 6), some 254,625 (70%) youth 18 years and under in the state have already received their first dose while 7,225 have completed both doses.

“For the adult population, some 2.79 million individuals or 93.8% have received their first dose while 2.31 million have completed their second dose,”he added.

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