Miri Hospital ropes in replacement staff

Datuk Lee (centre) with the MDDMC members on Sunday.

MIRI: Personnel from other departments will be roped in to replace healthcare staff in the Emergency and Trauma Department (ETD) of Miri Hospital who tested positive for Covid-19 recently.

Miri Hospital director Dr Jack Wong said the necessary arrangements had been made following an announcement by Sarawak Health Director Dr Chin Zin Hing last Friday that 20 healthcare workers at Miri Hospital tested positive for Covid-19.

According to Dr Wong, the hospital began receiving positive Covid-19 cases among health workers since January 11.

He disclosed this during a meeting on Sunday chaired by Minister in-charge of Miri Division Disaster Management Committee Datuk Lee Kim Shin.

Dr Wong said Miri Hospital has minimised its medical service activities in other departments in order to focus on caring for Covid-19 patients following the increasing number of cases in Miri District.

The hospital was also receiving support from healthcare workers from other districts. 

In ensuring continuity in medical services to Covid-19 patients, specialists who have been tested negative for Covid-19 will be allowed to monitor the entire operations in the Emergency and Trauma Department.

All staff from the Emergency and Trauma department who are close contacts of Covid-19 positive cases, are currently undergoing a 14-day quarantine and have done swab tests on the second and 10th day.

They will return to work once the swab results are obtained and tested negative.