Quarantine for State Medical heads?
Published on: Sunday, March 29, 2020
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Viral picture of what was reportedly the Tawau Deputy Director being airlifted for treatment.
Kota Kinabalu: Several  senior State medical officials are believed to be undergoing self-quarantine as a precaution after one of them was tested positive for Covid-19, recently.

Daily Express understands that a Deputy Director found out that he was positive only after holding a meeting with the department heads and then alerted the others who were present.

As a result several scheduled specialists services in both Queen Elizabeth Hospital 1 and QE2 had to be deferred. 

The said Deputy Director had earlier come into contact with the Tawau Deputy Director who was tested positive. 

He, in turn, was believed to have contracted the virus after attending to several Tabligh members, one of whom died and became Sabah’s first Covid-10 fatality.

The Tawau Deputy Director was air flown to the State Capital for further treatment. Tawau has the most number of cases in Sabah with 57, out of 197. 

The Tabligh members were those who attended the mammoth gathering in Kuala Lumpur from Feb. 28 to March 2. 

It is understood that private medical centres in Sabah have also taken steps to limit the exposure of their specialists with patients, including limiting the number of patients per day.

Daily Express contacted State Medical Services Director Datuk Dr Christina Rundi for confirmation but failed to get any response.

Meanwhile, Sabah recorded 15 new cases on Saturday, bringing the total to 197.

Tawau still topped the list of positive cases with 57, followed by Lahad Datu (34), Kota Kinabalu (29), Sandakan (15), Kinabatangan (14), Tuaran (12), Beaufort (7), Kunak (7), Putatan (6), Kota Belud (5), Sipitang (4), Ranau (2), Papar (2), Penampang (1), Semporna (1), and Keningau (1).

The number of recovered Covid-19 cases in Sabah remains nine while the death toll is still one.

For more information about Covid-19 or other health issues, contact the State Health Department’s Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC) at 088-219455 or 088-512531.


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