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Covid-19: Death Of MOH Staff Not Directly Caused By The Virus

Covid-19: Death Of MOH Staff Not Directly Caused By The Virus

Tasneem Nazari

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During his daily press briefing on 16 May, Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah announced one new Covid-19-related death.

The death involves a staff member of the Health Ministry who is a public health worker in Sabah. The woman had been admitted to Likas Women and Children’s Hospital on 5 May and passed away on 7 May.

However, Dr Noor Hisham urged that her death wasn’t directly caused by Covid-19, but instead, due to her advanced lung cancer. 

The woman had been suffering from lung cancer for quite some time and had not been working. She was admitted to the hospital for her lung cancer symptoms which is very similar to SARI (severe acute respiratory infection) symptoms. Therefore, she was tested for Covid-19 and coincidentally, her results came back positive for Covid-19 as well.

Dr Noor Hisham speaking during his daily Covid-19 press briefing. (Credit: Malay Mail)

She died because of lung cancer as she was very advanced, on palliative care. But we include it as a Covid-19-related death census as she had a positive swab.

Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah

Dr Noor Hisham compared the woman’s case to the suicide case recorded in Sabah which also involved a Covid-19 positive test and added that the ministry is now working on determining if there were any other deaths that were due to Covid-19 or just a Covid-19 positive related death.

Besides that, the Ministry of Health also recorded 17 new Covid-19 cases on 16 May. Out of these 17, six were found to be imported cases. These findings show that Malaysia is again charting lower numbers of new cases compared to the number of new recoveries for the day, which were noted to be 73.

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