THE Covid-19 pandemic has challenged and, in many cases, exceeded the capacity of hospitals and medical resources worldwide. In Malaysia, the number of positive cases reached an all-time high of 17,405 on July 25.
The high numbers are attributed to the increasing number of people being tested voluntarily in private clinics, enhanced targeted testing by the government as well as widespread transmission of the virus within communities. Hospitals are struggling to cope effectively with the sudden influx of Covid-19 patients. Many adaptive strategies have been successfully deployed by the Health Ministry since the outbreak of the disease in the country.
However, the current surge in the number of positive cases has placed an enormous strain on the healthcare system, demanding swift countermeasures by the relevant authorities.
In an effort to increase and improve response capacity, our government has instituted urgent actions such as the designation of Covid-19 hospitals, re-purposing spaces into treatment centres, recruiting more medical and non-medical staff, transplanting civil servants to areas of need, engaging private hospitals to dedicate beds for Covid-19 patients as well as acquiring and allocating funding for the purpose of procuring medical equipment and medications.
Simultaneously, vaccination rates have greatly improved with the rapid establishment of multiple mega vaccination centres that are capable of vaccinating hundreds of thousands of people daily.
Studies done globally have shown that Covid-19 vaccines significantly reduce the risk of infection as well as the severity of symptoms. Getting vaccinated protects you and the people around you. Therefore, let us be part of the solution and support the public health interventions in place.
Let’s follow the standard operating procedures and make them part of our lifestyle for now. The road to recovery and gaining a sense of normalcy is already in sight. If everyone plays their part well, we will get there sooner.
DR KISHWEN KANNA YOGA RATNAM