Sarawak to follow MOH’s new hospital visit rules with in-person care, visits allowed

Dr Sim (first right) and Dr Catherine (second right) watching a student working on the artwork.

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By Ling Hui

KUCHING, April 23: Sarawak will follow suit with the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) reviewed hospital visiting rules which allow caregivers or guardians to accompany and visit patients in the ward.

Deputy Premier Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian said following discussion with the Sarawak State Health Department (JKNS), it was decided that Sarawak would be implementing the same rules.

“We (Sarawak) will also implement this because it is part of our (hospital) culture whereby caregivers and the family members can stay (in the ward) to look after the patients.

“Let’s not forget that there are two components (to be looked at) when one is sick. One is the medical component where the patient needs the doctors, nurses and science (for treatment).

“Another component is the psychology aspect. Only the family members (and guardians) can play the important role by showing their love to the patients to speed up recovery,” he told the press today.

Dr Sim, who is also Minister of Public Health, Housing and Local Government, was at the Kuching Autistic Association’s (KAA) Education Centre in Batu Kawa here to launch the newly opened Autism Art Gallery.

On Thursday (April 21), Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said MOH has agreed to allow patients in the ward to be accompanied by caregivers as well as to receive visitors based on certain criteria, effective from today (April 23).

Other than being 12 years old and above, visitors or guardians must have a complete Covid-19 vaccination status and must not belong to a high-risk group for Covid-19 infection. — DayakDaily