Be aware of Covid-19 warning signs

Dr Sim Covid
Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian

KUCHING: Members of the public are reminded to be aware of the symptoms of Covid-19 and seek immediate treatment if they are experiencing it.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said this would prevent unwanted fatalities such as brought-in-dead (BID) cases.

“In this post Covid-19 vaccination era where most of those infected are either in Category 1 with no symptoms and probably not even aware of being infected or Category 2 with mild symptoms, it is important for everyone to be aware of the warning signs,” he said.

Dr Sim said the common symptoms outlined by the Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) Covid-19 Response Team for adults are fever for two days or more, breathing difficulty, chest pain, diarrhoea or vomiting and drowsiness.

For children, the symptoms are fever for two days or more, face or lips turning blue, lethargy, diarrhoea or vomiting and rapid breathing.

“We lost another 10 fellow Sarawakians on Saturday where a number of the fatalities were classified as BID.

“We need to be alert on the deaths under BID. I was made to understand that it takes time for the pathologists and medical experts to determine the cause of deaths whether it was due to Covid-19 or non-Covid-19.

“But we need further clarification whether these deaths were diagnosed with Covid-19 before they died at home or after,” he said.

Dr Sim hoped that the Health Ministry and the State Health Department could reveal the relevant section of the mortality review and post-mortem public soon.

Last Saturday, six of the ten deaths recorded state-wide were classified as BID cases from the districts of Betong and Pusa.

SDMC chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas reminded longhouse folks and others residing in rural areas to seek immediate medical treatment when developing mild Covid-19 symptoms.

“My advice to all is to seek early medical intervention over symptoms like low-grade fever, coughs, sore throat, and loss sense of smell. Anyone with these signs must come for testing and medical review by health personnel,” he said.