YOUR GOD | “Once the testing system breaks down, cases grow exponentially”
Thousands of nearby Covid-19 contacts are not located due to the tightened system
Enlightened Globalist: Here are some recent observations on why we should be concerned.
1. It is obvious that the number of cases has overwhelmed the testing and tracking system. Malaysia is not unique as it happens in many other countries.
2. The shortage of beds in public hospitals for patients with mild Covid-19 and many have been told to isolate themselves at home. There is a high probability of transmission to domestic contacts if strict quarantine rules are not followed. Expect more transmission to families.
3. There are anecdotal reports of a breakdown in the system of transporting sick patients from homes to hospitals by ambulance. Even the emergency call system seems to be stressed.
4. Many public hospitals have reached the limit in terms of ICU beds (intensive care unit). Private hospitals now accept Covid-19 patients. Expect transmission to non-Covid-19 patients within private hospitals. In the UK, one in six non-covidis-19 patients caught the virus in hospitals.
We have seen similar scenarios in the UK and the US. Once the testing system breaks down, the cases grow exponentially. Those countries where the tracking and testing system continues to operate such as South Korea, China, Taiwan, Singapore, New Zealand and Australia, have been able to control the pandemic.
We are now in the critical phase of the pandemic. The advice to stay safe should be:
- Stay home unless you want to buy groceries.
- Order food online.
- Do not visit any hospital unless it is an emergency. There is a high risk of getting Covid-19 in hospitals.
- Buy a thermometer and an oxygen meter (oximeter) so your loved ones can self-monitor suspicious cases at home.
VioletCamel2167: The Ministry of Health’s response to tests and follow-up in the face of growing public health risks is baffling and a mental block.
We have a full-blown pandemic emergency at our disposal (at least, according to recent announcements by the Prime Minister), but we have scenarios where we do not have enough resources to deal with the situation or do what needs to be done .
This is the most fragile excuse of all life; i mean, it looks like we have leaders who could be splattered and clearly, without ideas. This usually happens when people try to do it all on their own, instead of mobilizing all possible resources or knowledge within or outside their usual spheres of influence.
The private healthcare sector, the 46 health professionals who wrote the open letter to the Director General of Health (DG), to other civil servants who are underutilized due to the Movement Control Order (MCO) … these are just a few suggestions from Malaysia readers.
Are they already in the loop? How about the countless NGOs that could also mobilize to reach the masses of the land? What about ordinary people who are desperate for a paid job (any job)? How about them?
But it seems that whoever provides the strategy in Malaysia moves the chess piece one by one. At times like this, we need to mobilize all the machinery needed to act and at the same time, as we don’t have time to waste.
We’ve had Covid-19 in the middle for almost a year and it’s amazing that the resource use that is being phased out is now being used to excuse a deliberate waiver of public health duty. What the hell are our taxes used for?
New day: Why is the government so fixated that contact tracking is done solely by the Department of Health? It is about tracing a tree with many branches. Health workers are not necessarily the experts. His experience is health.
We have all these different arms of government – the armed forces that have a lot of experience in logistics – and many non-health civil servants who have little to do at the moment. These people can be trained in the same way that health officials certainly needed to be trained.
Eliminate police in traffic neighborhoods, change the army to block them, and get the police investigative powers involved in tracking contacts. There are so many ways to improve our ability.
We now have many unknown potential operators of Covid-19. Just “throwing in the towel” is seriously not an option. It emerges from our endemic silo bubbles and attacks the virus with combined government resources.
Cute Malaysia: Can the Ministry of Health publish the list of places with cases of Covid-19 so that those who have been there during the day can self-isolate? Otherwise, many asymptomatic and innocent people will be walking unknowingly but transmitting the virus.
There are no insufficient test kits and hospital beds, but if that persists, with asymptomatic people circulating around, there will be no end.
I’m sure most people would like to cooperate, but the ministry needs to be transparent and publish not only the number of people infected daily, but also where these Covid-19 positive people were.
That way, we can all play our vital role in smoothing out the curve. There seems to be no excuse for not doing so and not doing so would be negligent on the part of the ministry which would cause unnecessary infections and perhaps death.
Would the ministry be responsible for the homicide of innocent lives for not doing what they could easily do? Keep this in mind.
Man on the street: I quote: “More than 6,000 close contacts a day in Selangor alone cannot be traced immediately due to lack of resources.” After 10 days, that could reach 60,000.
If this is accurate, it is nothing more than an absolute and complete failure. Surely there must be someone to be held accountable.
Contact tracking needs:
1. Organizational skills.
2. A suitable computer system to restrict the data.
3. A good app for the public.
4. Thousands of contact tracers to make feet.
5. A large team of scientists to analyze the data.
It’s not rocket science! Was that beyond us? Or was it because of individuals who stubbornly clung to the idea that they could do things “on their own”?
Dr. Raman: The elephant in the room is that we have a government we can no longer trust or that is able to take care of us. In their own words, they have acknowledged that the system has broken down, they cannot cope and have told the rakyat that they are alone.
And this is not a legitimate government, not even a majority government, not the government we chose. Worse, they don’t have a game plan to move forward, they just serve the “whole governance, all society” approach, even now.
They don’t even have the courtesy to acknowledge their failures, even though they are strongly opposed to rakyat and the small, critical businesses that support us. Now we should vaccinate en masse, that is the only remedy. However, due to their sheer incompetence, we are not even sure when the vaccine will arrive.
What is the meaning and purpose of the proclamation of emergency and to give absolute authority to this incompetent government?
I would suggest that the proclamation of emergency, Parliament and elections be stopped. Both the government and the opposition are campaigning for and against these measures in their own interest. Politicians on both sides cannot be trusted to do any good.
I would suggest that Agong and his ruling brothers, with all their wisdom and concern for the people, appoint a team of independent professionals and experts with the authority to function as an interim cabinet, reporting directly to the monarchy.
The civil service should remain intact. The current cabinet must also be suspended. After all, they need to rest and recover from Covid-19 infections. How can they take care of us?
I am sure that the proclamation of emergency allows such drastic measures to be taken, but only feasible in such difficult times. Otherwise, politicians will continue to be in the throats of others, giving persistent headaches to the monarchy, rather than collectively fighting the Covid-19 pandemic.
Anonymous 79: When we successfully flattened the curve last year, the Minister of Health, the DG and the government had enough time to improve and prepare our healthcare system. But all these people and agencies have failed us terribly.
Not only did they not listen to the opinions of the experts, but they always gave us the image of having everything under control. A few weeks ago, a minister told us, “We have to learn to live with this virus.”
Who allowed interstate travel even though the new daily infections were still so high? At this point, no one can give us any end-of-game plans.
If I get infected, I really don’t know what to do. Want to buy panadol, cough syrup or flu pill and cure yourself at home? But why do VIPs who receive Covid-19 immediately receive hospital treatment?
Recover Malaysia: My son was the close contact of a classmate who was found positive on Covid-19. The school emailed us that the Ministry of Health will contact us soon. They never did. We stopped waiting and did our own test of Covid-19 and luckily we were all negative.
The Ministry of Health is a pony with a single trick. You only know MCO. China proposed its traditional alternative medicine to speed up recovery, but all rejected it. I didn’t even bother to try it and see if recovery speeds up.
Many reports have shown that blockages may not solve the problem. The figures continue to rise, especially among politicians despite the MCO. Our economy is ruined and the government has no more money to help.
Malaysia went from hero to zero. Singapore only sees two digits. Did they get stuck? This is a failed government.
ABC: The resources of the Ministry of Health and the government are terribly short under the current wave of infections. Ideally, of course, all contacts should be located, according to World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines. But the task is beyond the Ministry of Health.
To lessen the pandemic, each rakyat must play its part. The steps to avoid are repeated until the discomfort.
That said, close contacts should be quarantined and tested for Covid-19 only when they show symptoms. And even when they are positive, they should stay home unless the symptoms are severe.
The keywords are “stay home” and “strictly self-quarantine.” Only with the good collaboration of the rakyat can we control the pandemic.
Etc: Can I remove MySejahtera now?
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