By Chew Lip Song
HEALTH Direct0r-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah has expressed worry over the exponential rise in Covid-19 brought-in-dead cases (BID) nationwide, with 45 reported in Sarawak this year, compared with only one for the whole of 2020.
Most of the victims were 50 years, with Selangor topping the list with 181 BID cases, followed by Kuala Lumpur (78) and Sabah (85). Nationwide, 534 cases were reported this year, compared with 136 last year.
Dr Noor Hisham in a statement yesterday advised the people to be more vigilant in monitoring their health, especially those who have tested Covid-19 positive and are undergoing home quarantine or self-isolation.
He said an analysis by the National Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC) found that there has been a sevenfold increase in BID cases from April (35 cases) to June 2021 (246 cases).
“As of July 2, the ministry recorded a total of 5,327 deaths (0.7 per cent) since the Covid-19 pandemic hit our country.
“The highest number of BID cases concerned those aged between 60 and 69 (170), followed by the 50 to 59 age group (130), 70 to 79 (106), 80+ (107), 40 to 49 (85), 30 to 39 (46), 20 to 29 (20) and aged below 20 (six cases).”
He also reminded people who were waiting for their test results and calls from the District Health Office (PKD) and Covid-19 Assessment Center (CAC) to self-quarantine at home responsibly.
“Notify the health ministry through self-notification in the MySejahtera application and the nearby District Health Office or CAC if they are found to be positive either through the RT-PCR or RTK Antigen test.
“Immediately report any ‘warning signs’ and seek treatment at a nearby health facility. Warning signs are symptoms that signal that a Covid-19 patient’s condition is getting worse.”
Among the warning signs that require immediate treatment, he said, are prolonged fever; breathing difficulties; chest pain; lack of appetite to eat or drink; worsening fatigue; lack of consciousness and confusion; coughing, vomiting and worsening diarrhoea; less urination; lips or fingers becoming bluish; and oxygen saturation
“Family members or housemates are advised to be concerned and sensitive to the condition and health of Covid-19 patients by utilising communication technology to monitor the health of patients throughout the home quarantine monitoring period.”
Dr Noor Hisham further said the ministry is also working to improve the monitoring process by CACs nationwide to enable a comprehensive initial assessment to be done immediately on positive cases.
These cases, he said will then be determined whether they can undergo isolation and self-monitoring at home, need to be admitted to the Covid-19 Low-Risk Treatment Center (PRKC) or referred to a hospital.
“With the strengthening of the CAC, better case monitoring can be carried out and immediate referrals can be made if necessary.”
Additionally, he said the ministry is working with various parties to increase the capacity of daily SARS-CoV-2 virus detection tests which consist of RT-PCR and RTK-Ag tests.