Selayang Hospital serves as a full Covid-19 hospital, guarantee life-saving supplies, and new SOPs for asymptomatic cases.
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Deputy Director-General (Public Health) Datuk Dr Chong Chee Kheong recently shared new strategies for mitigating the Klang Valley surge of Covid-19 cases.
In a bid to address the rising number of Covid-19 admissions that burden the health care system, the Greater Klang Valley Special Task Force (GKVSTF) will focus on the following areas:
- Clinical care
- Covid-19 Assessment Centres (CAC) and Home Monitoring
- Medical and General Logistics
- Frontliner Social Support Systems
- Human Resources and Finance; and
- Strategic Communications.
The following have been identified for immediate action:
(1) Operation Selayang
Selayang Hospital will be turned into a full Covid-19 hospital, the fourth of its kinda in the Klang Valley.
Non Covid-19 patients at Selayang Hospital will be transferred to private hospitals in the region to increase bed capacity for Covid-19 patients in Categories 3, 4, and 5.
(2) Ensuring uninterrupted supply of oxygen and other life-saving medicine and supplies
Urgent attention is to be placed to ensure predictable and uninterrupted supply of oxygen, life-saving medicine, and other supplies.
Those with symptoms (symptomatic) will be evaluated first, in person or virtually at the CAC or District Health Office before testing.
Testing is prioritised for those with symptoms.
(3) Pivoting towards mitigation and away from the late containment stage
Positive cases without symptoms (asymptomatic) will be asked to undergo home isolation for 10 days and report themselves using digital home assessment tools such as MySejahtera, e-Covid or SELangkah Home Assessment tool.
Close contacts to asymptomatic positive cases are strongly advised to obtain a rapid Covid-19 test at either the nearest available clinic or via self-test kits, and self-isolate.
Following the self-tests and home isolation, total cases numbers may lower as it will keep the spread under control.
It is hoped that with self testing and isolation, cases that need treatment will receive it immediately while those contacts without symptoms can do self test at home.
This will be in action once the self test kits are widely available.
Dr Chong ends his media statement reminding eligible adults to register for the vaccine and to abide by the standard operating procedures (SOP).
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