KUALA LUMPUR: The death of an elderly woman living in a nursing home here on Sept 12 was due to Covid-19 infection, says Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya Federal Territories Health Department director Datuk Dr P. Param Jeeth Singh Pakar Singh.
He said the victim, 78, tested positive for the virus on Sept 6, six days after her second dose.
Dr Param said the victim was then referred to the Cheras Rehabilitation Hospital (HRC) on Sept 7 and passed away there on Sept 12.
He said this in a statement following a viral video on social media made by the victim’s daughter who claimed that her mother’s death was due to the side effects of the Covid-19 vaccine, according to Bernama.
Besides the victim, he added, seven other residents of the nursing home were also admitted to the HRC for further treatment on Sept 7.
Dr Param said the victim was referred to the HRC because she was considered high-risk as she was over 60 years old, apart from having comorbidities and suffering from Category Three of the Covid-19 infection (having pneumonia).
The HRC is designated to treat elderly Covid-19 patients, he noted.
“However, the victim’s health deteriorated due to complications of the Covid-19 infection and she died on Sept 12,” he said in the statement issued late Saturday.
Dr Param explained that the Covid-19 transmission at the nursing home started when one of its employees tested positive for the virus on Sept 4 after experiencing symptoms.
The next day, an 87-year-old resident who had no history of Covid-19 vaccination died, he said.
“The Cheras Health Office was informed of this matter on Sept 6.
“Further investigation and case detection identified 11 Covid-19 cases among the residents, three of whom have never received the Covid-19 vaccine,” he said, adding that there were four cases involving its employees.
Dr Param said the Covid-19 cluster at the nursing home was declared on Sept 10.