Health DG: Doctors in tough position to prioritise treatment for critical patients with high recovery rate

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The Covid-19 situation in Malaysia has reached a critical level where doctors have been put in a tough position to prioritise treatment for critical patients with a high recovery rate due to limited resources.

“When Covid-19 active cases exceed our ability and capacity to treat, doctors will have to make the difficult choice to prioritise ICU beds for patients with higher recovery potential than patients with lower recovery potential (poor prognosis),” said Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

He said although this was not desired, this difficult choice will have to be made as the nation’s healthcare system reaches maximum capacity.

“Help us so that the national health system is not paralysed. All parties from the highest levels to the general public need to help break the chain of Covid-19 virus infection. Make the best decisions and choices for the sake of the people and the country.


“Let’s stay home. If you have important business outside, make sure you follow the SOPs so that yourself and family members are protected,” he wrote on his Facebook page, last night after the country recorded the highest death toll since the pandemic began.

Malaysia logged 98 deaths yesterday, raising the total number of Covid-19 deaths to 2,650.

Of this number, he said 471 deaths occurred in 2020, while 2,179 deaths were recorded in the first five months of 2021.

“During the period from May 1 to May 29 alone, a total of 1,144 deaths due to Covid-19 have been recorded. This is the highest number of monthly death cases to date.”

Dr Noor Hisham said the mortuary in the health ministry hospitals were now full and it is becoming increasingly difficult to accommodate the sudden increase in the number of corpses following the increase in deaths.

“The forensic medical service has provided special containers specifically for the remains of Covid-19 and non Covid-19 patients in five hospitals, namely Selayang Hospital, Serdang Hospital, Sultanah Aminah JB Hospital, Queen Elizabeth I Hospital and Sungai Hospital Buloh and a special “fleximort” for the remains of Covid-19 patients at Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital.

“Each special container can accommodate a maximum of 20 corpses while ‘fleximort’ accommodates a maximum of 12 corpses,” he added. – NST