Miri Hospital equipped to handle suspected coronavirus cases — Director

Dr Wong (extreme left) accompanying Transport Minister Datuk Lee Kim Shin (2nd right) visiting patients at the female ward of Miri Hospital.

By Jaythaleela K

MIRI, Feb 1: Doctors and medical personnel in Miri Hospital are well equipped to handle cases of suspected novel coronavirus infections.

Its director Dr Jack Wong said the hospital has a trained response team to handle the cases. In addition, the hospital has set up an isolation zone for suspected coronavirus patients.

“Miri Hospital is fully prepared to handle such emergency and we have adequate medical facilities for the situation.

“We have set up a tent outside the hospital building, fully equipped with medical facilities to isolate suspected patients referred to us. The staff taking care of the patients will also be quarantined,” he told reporters at Petronas “Sentuhan Kasih Sayang Yayasan” programme here today.

Miri Hospital has set up an isolation zone to handle suspected Wuhan coronavirus cases at its parking lot next to the main building.

Dr Wong also advised those returning from overseas trip to isolate themselves for 14 days upon arrival.

China’s National Health Commission said as of Friday (Jan 31), the country’s total death from the virus outbreak has hit 259 and confirmed cases rose to 11,791.

The virus has been confirmed in more than a dozen countries and territories since it was first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan, Hubei province, in December. — DayakDaily