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Covid-19: Over Half ICU Nurses In Sabah Hospital Forced To Quarantine After Colleague Tests Positive

Covid-19: Over Half ICU Nurses In Sabah Hospital Forced To Quarantine After Colleague Tests Positive

40 of the 66 nurses in the ICU ward of Queen Elizabeth II Hospital are in quarantine.

Kirat Kaur

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According to a report, the medical frontliners at the Queen Elizabeth II Hospital’s intensive care unit (ICU) ward in Kota Kinabalu are under immense pressure with over half of their nurses in quarantine after a colleague tested positive for Covid-19.

What you need to know: Malaysiakini reported that 40 of the 66 nurses in the ICU ward have been forced into quarantine. A source told the news site that the infected staff was believed to have been infected from outside the hospital (community infection).

Who said what: Health Minister Datuk Seri Adham Baba confirmed with Malaysiakini that “all precautionary and treatment measures have been undertaken” and that “medical staff have been mobilised.”

Why it matters: The vast majority of Malaysia’s Covid-19 cases are in Sabah with over 2,000 patients in treatment. Kota Kinabalu currently has 343 active cases. While the Queen Elizabeth II Hospital is not a Covid-19 hospital, it is tasked to take all non-Covid-19 ICU patients from Queen Elizabeth I Hospital in Kota Kinabalu. A short-staffed ICU tending to critically ill-patients is a matter of life and death and this would limit Queen Elizabeth I Hospital’s capacity for critically ill Covid-19 patients.

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Sabah nurse infected with Covid-19, KK Hospital ICU crippled (Malaysiakini)


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