Reduced acceptance of non-emergency elective cases

Sibu Hospital

SIBU: Sibu Hospital had to reduce the acceptance of non-emergency elective cases, but the emergency, semi-elective case service will still operate as usual.

The director, Dr Nanthakumar Thirunavukkarasu, said that this is due to the rapid increase in Covid-19 cases at the hospital as announced by the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) Sibu Division today.

“We have to deploy more of the hospital staff to attend the Covid-19 patient at this time. I hope that the public understands this Covid-19 situation we are currently experiencing and be patient with any delays experienced,” he said.

As a result, the hospital is planning to transfer the non-Covid-19 patients to Sarikei Hospital and Kanowit Hospital.

“For patients who are stable, they will be given medication and a new appointment date,” he added.

Dr Nantakumar also advised the public to refrain from visiting the hospital at this time unless there are emergency needs.

He also mentioned that his team will control the number of visitors by only allowing family members who hold the guard passes to be in the ward with patients.

“In line with that, we decided that visitors who have visitor’s passes are not allowed, during this time, to take care of their sick family members in the hospital until further notice.

“This ban is to prevent the existence of new clusters in the hospital area,” he explained.