Seek early treatment to prevent death

Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian

KUCHING: Sarawakians are told to seek early treatment if they suspect to have contracted Covid-19.

In stressing this, State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said by doing so, any infected individual would prevent the infection to the become more severe which can lead to death.

“More Brought in Dead (BID) cases have been found due to not seeking treatment early.  Please help to share the message, no matter how mild your symptoms, time is of the essence, seek treatment early,” he said in a Facebook post on Wednesday.

Dr Sim said one of the recent death cases had died on April 11 but was only reported on Wednesday. He said the case was waiting for its post mortem results.

SDMC in its report said the 166th fatality was a local man, 30, who was found unconscious at home by his family members.

He was taken to Bintulu Hospital on April 11, had a fever and cough for a few days before that. An rt-PCR (reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction) test was conducted and he was found positive the next day.

“The case was categorised as BID as he passed away on April 11. He had high blood pressure as well as gout.”

At the same time, Dr Sim said the SDMC is striving to expedite treatment to Covid-19 patients, allowing them to get the best care as soon as possible.

“We had constantly offered help and (made) discussions with Sarawak Health Department and the Division Health Office, both of which are federal government agencies, on facilitating contact tracing.

“This is as well as testing, treating and monitoring quarantine patients promptly. We are here to help and facilitate as well as provide care for our fellow Sarawakians,” he said.

He pointed out with better collaboration, more clusters can be declared earlier as well faster investigation on the cases as time is essential.

“Let all of us help each other, play our role and do our parts to get us through this darkness and see the light at the end of the tunnel soon,” he said.