S’wak will follow new policies for caregivers in hospitals


Dr Sim speaking to the press after the launch of a renovated autism art gallery at the Kuching Autism Association Center today. – Photo by Chimon Upon

KUCHING (April 23): Sarawak will follow new federal policies allowing children with Covid-19 as well as Covid-19 patients requiring special care to be accompanied by carers, the deputy premier of the country said. Sarawak Dato Sri Dr. Sim Kui Hian.

Dr Sim, who is also Minister for Public Health, Housing and Local Government, said he had discussed the matter with the Sarawak Department of Health and an agreement had been reached to follow the guidelines. .

“If parents do not accompany their (positive) Covid-19 child when receiving treatment at (the) hospital, the child might become restless because the environment is very new to him,” he said. he said after the launch of a renovated art gallery at the Kuching Autism Association Center in Taman Desa Wira today.

He said the Covid-19 pandemic has caused massive disruption to everyone’s lives and the state health department is always looking for an accommodating approach when dealing with patients with Covid-19.

“You know our culture has always been to take care of our family members whenever they are sick – so as long as the carer is properly protected from Covid-19 we will allow them to be there to take care of his family,” he said.

Dr Sim added that the treatment of a patient generally involves two parts – the medical and psychological aspects – which play an indisputable role in the rapid recovery of a patient from an illness.

In a recent statement, Malaysia’s Chief Health Officer, Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, said caregivers are now allowed to accompany children with Covid-19 and Covid-19 patients who require special care. in hospital services.

Dr Noor Hisham said visitors are not allowed for Covid-19 patients unless they are already at the end of life while receiving treatment in the ward or intensive care unit and alone two visitors are allowed at any time and both are encouraged to test for Covid-19 via self-test kits before visiting.

These are part of updated guidelines for carers and visitors to public hospitals, as recently announced by Dr Noor Hisham.


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