Patients with stable NCDs discouraged from visiting hospitals

Wani Roslan

Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar urged senior citizens with controlled diabetes or stable high blood pressure not to go to any health clinic or hospital during the COVID-19 outbreak in the country.

“The Ministry of Health (MoH) is also taking its Business Continuity Plan (BCP) in which services offered at health centres especially at the Berakas Health Centre and Pengkalan Batu Health Centre have been reduced,” he said at a press conference yesterday.

Patients with non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are transferred to Rimba health clinic or any nearby clinics.

“Due to the outbreak, healthcare staff are assigned to work in shifts to minimise infection risk. Due to the logistic and lack of staff, we could not allocate special time for senior citizens at the health centre,” added the minister.

The minister also said that senior citizens with stable diabetes and high blood pressure and cancer patients who run out of medicine should contact the health centres.

“Those who feel sick will have to meet the doctor. For the time being, there is no specific time, and those who are stable are not encouraged to go to clinics or hospitals,” said the minister.