Stage 4 & 5 Covid-19 survivors risk long-term complications – Health DG

Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham – BernamaPix

PATIENTS who survive Covid-19 are at risk of suffering from “Post-Covid Syndrome”, including fatigue, breathing difficulties during activities, insomnia, cough and anxiety Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah warned.

He said a clinical study conducted by the Health Ministry, involving 1,004 Categories 4 & 5 Covid-19 patients showed that 66 per cent of them had the syndrome.

To date, only symptomatic relief was offered to the patients.

Dr Noor Hisham said referrals to relevant areas of expertise would be made to ensure patients received optimal clinical treatment, apart from continuing clinical studies to understand and identify the effects of the syndrome.

“Covid-19 patients who are discharged from the hospital will be given follow-up appointments and they are reminded to attend them according to the set date.

“As for former Covid-19 patients who still have symptoms, it is advisable to seek medical advice and treatment at a nearby clinic or hospital”, he said in  a statement yesterday.

He added that the details on “Post-Covid Syndrome” was also published by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), United Kingdom on Dec 18 last year.

The syndrome is a condition shown by former Covid-19 patients who still show symptoms for a period of 12 weeks or more, and the symptoms cannot be explained through any form of alternative diagnosis.

“This condition is caused by complications of Covid-19 infection on the function of various organs in an individual’s body.

“Generally, clinical data shows that the majority of Covid-19 patients in Malaysia are able to fully recover, however, there are a few who are affected by Post-Covid Syndrome,” he added.

As such, he said it was very important for each individual to be protected from the dangers of Covid-19 and to register for the vaccine in order to reduce the risk of serious infection.