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