MOH to restrategise to prepare for possible surge in virus cases


KUALA LUMPUR: The Health Ministry (MOH) will take advantage of the current low numbers of Covid-19 cases to restrategise, in terms of manpower mobilisation and operational plans, to prepare for a possible surge in cases.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said during this period too, MOH frontliners  would be given time to rest after working hard for the past five month.

“For the past five months, healthcare workers and MOH personnel had been working day and night, and as a result of their sacrifice, Covid-19 positive cases had been decreasing.

“There has also been a drop in patients in the ICU (Intensive Care Unit) and quarantine centres, in the past two weeks and this is the best time to give the MOH staff a break or counselling to encourage them persevere, should there be a spike in cases.

“We need to prepare for the worst and hope for the best,” he told the daily Covid-19 daily press conference here yesterday.

Dr Noor Hisham said building resilience among the MOH community was important as they are the last line of defence in the prevention of a bigger catastrophe involving deaths and escalation of Covid-19 cases in the country.

Once again, he thanked all healthcare workers, the Royal Malaysia Police, the Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM) and other enforcement agencies that had helped in the fight against the spread of Covid-19 infection.

“Currently, there has been a reduction in patients in the Intensive Care Units (ICUs) but the remdesivir drug will be used in our study.

“We have begun recruiting patients, the first patient from the Sungai Buloh Hospital is the first Asean patient for the trial. We will have more patients for clinical research and WHO will get the report,” he added. — Bernama