Sibu Hospital pushed to limits with 841 Covid-19 patients

By John Isaac

THERE are currently 841 Covid-19 cases at the Sibu Hospital – the highest in the state – as the Pasai Cluster continues to record increases.

According to the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC), a total 1,318 Covid-19 patients have been isolated and being treated at hospitals in Sarawak.

From these, 282 patients are at Miri Hospital, 132 in Sarawak General Hospital, 62 in Bintulu Hospital and one in Limbang Hospital.

Two patients at the Sibu Hospital are in the intensive care unit (ICU).

From the Pasai Cluster, a total 139 cases were detected yesterday, from which 78 were from Sibu.

State health department director, Dr Chin Zin Hing said 13 staff from the Sibu Hospital have also been infected with Covid-19.

“We are now mobilising staff from other hospitals to help the affected hospital,” he said.

According to reports in Dayak Daily, as contact tracing and screening continued, the public healthcare facilities and staff at Sibu Hospital are being pushed to the limit.

The hospital is at risk of buckling under the strain of soaring numbers of infections, not only from Sibu, but also nearby areas and districts.

SDMC chairman, Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas has since called on all Sarawakians to remain vigilant, play their roles seriously and comply with all SOPs to stop the spread.