KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 1,880 medical personnel have been infected with Covid-19 as of yesterday, said Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.
In revealing the startling statistics, he also said as of Dec 15, a total of 52,593 medical personnel had been tested for the virus.
He said the infected medical personnel comprised those from six categories – symptomatic personnel; personnel who returned from Sabah; high-risk personnel who contracted the virus either at the workplace, home or public areas; personnel who work at facilities involved with Covid-19 clusters; personnel handling Covid-19 cases and have been classified as high-risk after risk assessment; and those detected after periodical surveillance programme among personnel particularly at high-risk facility.
“The Health Ministry is aware that there is spike in cases among medical personnel especially those working at the health facilities located in red zones or high-risk areas.
“Based on our investigations, the main causes of coronavirus infections among medical staff are those who contracted the virus from colleagues (33 per cent) and those who were infected from the community (33 per cent),” he said in a statement today.
As such, Dr Noor Hisham urged medical personnel to always uphold preventive measures while they were on duty, and when they interact with their respective community.
He said among measures that needed to be put into practice at all time was the wearing the face masks, and observing physical distancing at health facilities.
Dr Noor Hisham said they must wear suitable personal protective equipment, and conduct ‘gatekeeping’ measures at healthcare facilities, which include taking body temperatures of people and asking people to declare their symptoms upon entering a healthcare facility.
“At the same time, the ministry is seek cooperation from members of the public to always provide the correct information to medical personnel so that accurate risk assessment can be done.
“An accurate risk assessment is crucial as it can protect medical personnel and subsequently other patients from Covid-19,” he said.
There have been reports of Covid-19 cases involving medical personnel at Tuanku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital in Klang, Serdang Hospital, Sungai Buloh Hospital, Selayang Hospital and Ampang Hospital in Selangor as well as the Kuala Lumpur Hospital here.