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Kedah Medical Center Taking Stringent Steps To Control Spread Of Covid-19 After Discovery Of Sungai Cluster

Kedah Medical Center Taking Stringent Steps To Control Spread Of Covid-19 After Discovery Of Sungai Cluster

They’re going above and beyond to ensure the continued safety of their staff and patients.

Tasneem Nazari

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Following the discovery of a Covid-19 cluster at the Kedah Medical Center (KMC), known now as the Sungai Cluster, the hospital is working closely with the health authorities to ensure the spread of the virus is managed and contained.

Based on a statement by KMC’s Medical Director, Dato’ Dr. Kamaruzaman Ali, the hospital has temporarily shut down its premises from Wednesday (9 September) until Friday (11 September) to facilitate thorough cleaning and disinfection of their premises.

On Tuesday, a total of 18 KMC staff and seven of their family members tested positive for the virus. Since then, another member of their staff has also tested positive, bringing the total number of cases in the cluster to 19. 

All 19 members of staff have been admitted to a public hospital for treatment.

Areas of KMC being disinfected. (Credit: Kedah Medical Centre/Facebook)

Besides that, KMC’s 21 consultants were screened for the virus and tested negative. As an added precautionary measure, the hospital will screen the consultants for Covid-19 again today.

We have completed the screening of all staff services. Samples from the tests are currently being evaluated.

Dato’ Dr. Kamaruzaman Ali

The hospital has also collected samples from 50 areas of the hospital for testing and all areas visited by staff and patients have been disinfected according to guidelines by the Ministry of Health.

The hospital’s Audit Enforcement Team will also ensure all members of staff stringently adhere to standard operating procedures (SOP).

According to Kamaruzaman, the hospital has also set up a careline for it’s affected staff to provide them with support during this difficult time.

Fully realizing the impact this situation has on individuals and their families, we have proactively set up a support group called, “KMC Covid Carelines” to provide support and counselling to our staff especially those under quarantine.

Dato’ Dr. Kamaruzaman Ali

This includes holding virtual briefing sessions to keep all staff and patients updated on developments of this matter and ensure communication lines are open and interactive.

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