Failing to receive medical care despite symptoms to blame for reported deaths from Covid-19, says S’wak Health director



Medical workers move the body of a Covid-19 patient. – Photo by Bernama

KUCHING (September 30): The growing number of reported death cases (BIDs) of Covid-19 in Sarawak is due to people not seeking medical help despite symptoms for days, said Dr Datuk Mohamed Sapian Mohamed.

The state health director said those BID cases were mostly aged 60 and over, along with those with co-morbidities.

“In Sarawak, IDB occurs because they did not seek medical help even though they had symptoms for several days. Instead, they used traditional medicine.

“Most of these people were over 60 and had associated comorbidities such as diabetes, hypertension, heart and kidney disease,” he told the Borneo Post today when contacted. .

He was commenting on the 11 out of 26 Covid-19 deaths recorded in Sarawak between September 19 and September 28, which were BID cases.

Dr Mohamed Sapian said his department is stepping up health promotion and health seeking behaviors within the community, especially among those living with their elderly parents.

He said the department is also circulating information about warning signs as well as phone numbers for the community to ask for help or inquiries.

“These phone numbers are for all divisions,” he added.

Dr Mohamed Sapian also advised people to get an oximeter.

“Having an oximeter at home is also very helpful. When the level (oxygen saturation) drops below 95 (percent), they can visit our health facilities or contact these phone numbers for help.

“We also engage the public, especially in longhouses and rural areas, to monitor the health of their people. If they show symptoms and find warning signs, they should seek advice from health workers, ”he said.

Dr Mohamed Sapian added that the BID cases had not been tested for the virus because they had not sought treatment at any health facility.

Yesterday, the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) said Sarawak recorded 26 deaths from Covid-19 from September 19 to 28, including 11 sudden death cases (BID).

SDMC added that all deaths from September 19 to 25 were BID cases.

To date, Sarawak has recorded a total of 820 deaths from Covid-19.



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