Outsource health assessment of home quarantined patients

Kho Teck Wan

KUCHING: The State Health Department and the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) have been asked to outsource the daily health assessment of Stage 1 and Stage 2 patients who are quarantined at home to private practice doctors.

Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) women chief, Kho Teck Wan made the call in in a Facebook post on Sunday (Sept 12).

“Although home quarantined patients are required to update their health conditions via MySejahtera app and Google Form daily, a system to quickly identify and retrieve a patient whose health condition has progressively deteriorated at home should be put in place immediately,” she stressed.

Pointing out that on Sunday (Sept 12) there were 29,788 Covid-19 positive cases undergoing home quarantine in Sarawak, Kho urged the Health Department and the SDMC to reach out to private practice doctors who were willing to participate in providing daily health assessment to the home quarantined Covid-19 patients.

“The doctor to patient ratio can be reduced with such arrangement which indirectly improves the quality of healthcare for patients in home quarantine,” she said, adding that the private practice doctors could help prevent brought in dead cases.      

On Sunday (Sept 12), Sarawak recorded two brought in dead cases. Both victims did not have any underlying health conditions. One, a 38-year-old, was confirmed positive on Sept 10 while the other, a 46-year-old, was found positive on Sept 8.

Kho also pointed out that the State Health Department and the SDMC should consider outsourcing the physical Covid-19 Assessment Centre (CAC) to private practice doctors for a fixed period.

She said this would allow more government healthcare personnel to be placed in hospital settings to concentrate on saving critically ill patients in the hospitals.

“As we work toward living with Covid-19, our focus should be on saving lives and reducing the daily death toll due to Covid-19.

“I would also like to urge the private practice doctors to consider working with the State Health Department and SDMC should calls be made to provide health assessment to home quarantine Covid-19 patients,” added Kho.