Why did this happen?


MY sister-in-law was admitted to a public hospital for minor surgery a month ago. Since her operation, she has been doing walking rehabilitation in the ward to recover.

Recently, she and all the other patients in her ward were transferred to a ward in another building by ambulance. Subsequently, one of the patients displayed symptoms and tested positive for Covid-19. Of course, they then tested all the other patients; while everyone else was negative, my sister-in-law tested positive for the coronavirus.

It’s alarming that after almost one-and-a-half years into the pandemic, the supposedly stringent SOP in a big public hospital still cannot prevent patients from contracting Covid-19. And this happened during a period when no outside visitors were allowed into the ward.

There have been no reports about this event or any information about actions the hospital is taking, if any. Non-Covid-19 patients will face unnecessary risks if the hospital does not improve adherence to the SOP.

CHAN CHEONG HOO

Petaling Jaya

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