Covid-19: Bed capacity and ICUs in Sarawak’s govt hospitals reaching limits

Dr Chin Zin Hing

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By Lian Cheng

KUCHING, May 10: Bed capacity and Intensive Care Units (ICUs) in Sarawak government hospitals are reaching critical limit.

Sarawak Health Director Dr Chin Zin Hing who revealed this today, called for Sarawak residents to adhere to strict standard operating procedures (SOPs) to stop putting stress on ICUs across Sarawak.

“The Sarawak Health Department would also like to inform the public in Sarawak that the capacity of ICUs in government hospitals in Sarawak, including Sarawak General Hospital, Sarikei Hospital, Sibu Hospital, Bintulu Hospital and Miri Hospital are reaching critical situations.

“Therefore, it is important for all Sarawakians to take precautionary measures by wearing face masks, maintaining physical distancing, practising hand hygiene and also complying with the SOPs in force.

“Avoid gathering in large numbers, especially during the festive season and other social events,” said Dr Chin in a press statement today.

For those who are ill or have been in contact with Covid-19 cases, Dr Chin advised them to seek treatment and get screened immediately.

“Without cooperation and compliance with SOPs by the public, Covid-19 cases in Sarawak will continue to rise and the capacity of intensive care (units) in hospitals cannot meet the intensive care needs of patients and the mortality rate of Covid-19 cases will increase,” said Dr Chin.

Dr Chin said this following the announcement by the Health Director General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah earlier that bed capacity and ICUs in many government hospitals have reached their limits. — DayakDaily