Covid-19 comorbidities need addressing

Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian

KUCHING: While the war now is against Covid-19, long standing health issues such as comorbidities need to be addressed as well, said Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian.

He said according to the National Health Morbidity Survey (NHMS) 2019, comorbidities such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and being overweight were prevalent among Malaysians.

He said in the case of diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, Malaysians were leading the chart for South East Asia.

“We need to address and tackle our war with the common co-morbidities which are known risk factors for the heart disease from now on,” he said in a Facebook post on Saturday (Feb 20).

Dr Sim said this is also a factor in drafting the vaccination plans for Covid-19 in the coming months.

“We need to plan for the challenges of probability of living with Covid-19 variants as well as comorbidities such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and being overweight as seen with many of Covid-19 deaths,” he said.

The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor urged the public to remain vigilant as the end to the nearly one-year pandemic was in sight.

“Areas with high numbers of Covid-19 cases can be locked down through enhanced movement control order (EMCO) while zones with high number cases but without exact locality can be tackled through active case detection (ACD).

“We need those exposed to Covid-19 to come forward for Covid-19 risk assessment and PCR tests at private hospitals or Klinik Kesihatan (KK).

“All KK in Kuching are open seven days a week and the testing is free of charge,” he said.