600 healthcare workers infected with Covid-19 since February

Dr Adham Baba says healthcare workers who contracted Covid-19 were barred from treating patients infected with the virus.

PUTRAJAYA: More than 600 healthcare workers in Malaysia have been infected with Covid-19 since February, Health Minister Dr Adham Baba said.

Of these, 406 are government hospital workers while the rest are attached to private and university hospitals.

Adham said among the measures taken to motivate health ministry workers who contracted the virus was to provide them with psychosocial support via the ministry’s Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC).

“Those affected, besides having sessions with psychiatrists, will continue with treatment.

“Also, they will not be allowed to treat Covid-19 patients any longer,” he told the media after launching the “Putrajaya In Orange” event in conjunction with World Patient Safety Day 2020 here today.

He said among the concerns raised by ministry workers, via its psychosocial support hotline, include stress from being away from the family, having to comply with strict SOPs, exhaustion, and issues concerning the Covid-19 special allowance.

On the World Patient Safety Day 2020 celebration, three buildings and two bridges here will be lit in orange for four nights beginning tonight.

These are the Prime Minister’s Office, the communications and multimedia ministry, Zenith Hotel and the Seri Warisan and Seri Saujana bridges.

Adham said other buildings around Putrajaya will be lit with festive mode facade lighting in various tones and orange spectrum.

“This is a symbol of solidarity and commitment for the safety of patients, and also a sign of appreciation for all healthcare workers for their sacrifices in ensuring the safety of patients, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said.