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Covid-19: shortage of medical staff, fatigue and unreported deaths

KUALA LUMPUR: Medical frontliners working at Kuala Lumpur and the Klang Valley hospitals are demotivated, upset and suffering from burnt out amidst the endless surge in Covid-19 cases that shows no sign of abatting.

These hospitals are being overwhelmed by dramatically increasing number of Covid patients, and there are not enough medical doctors, nurses and workers to handle them.

Medical workers are complaining that they have to work long hours, with limited resources and a lack of assistance.

“We do not have enough specialists, consultants and workers. When are we getting enough manpower to support us?

“This year alone, my hospital has not taken enough housemen to cover the situation…it’s really stressful, ” an anonymous medical worker was heard saying in a video that was uploaded recently on YouTube by Project Bangsa Malaysia.

The 13 minute video featured several medical frontliners who anonymously shared what they have been experiencing and seeing on the ground at these hospitals.

Some of them even said that they feel helpless seeing many people died in front of them but they could not do anything about it.

They have been fighting Covid-19 with limited resources and manpower since last year and now they are feeling totally burnt out.

Another medical worker said: “We are losing lives; young people, parents and children are dying.

“The number of (patients) is actually higher and many have gone unreported.

“Based on the positive cases rate, every 1 in 10 people that you know, among family members and friends, could already have Covid-19,” said the anonymous interviewee in the video.

Another frontliner went further to claim that “even the death rate of Covid announced in the mass media is not exactly reflective of the death rate we are seeing.

“The deaths are much higher than what the mass media report,” the anonymous speaker said.

The video also claims that the death rate is high because of there are not enough resources to support all the patients.

Many patients cannot get a bed easily in the intensive care units (ICUs) and at times, there are not enough oxygen tanks available.

“Some patients are required to share one oxygen tank with five other patients…because so many patients need oxygen,” a frontliner said.

Last week, Health Director-General Datuk Seri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said in his daily Covid-19 update that the ministry is deeply concerned that there has not been much improvement in the occupancy rate of the ICUs since June.

“The admission rate of COVID-19 cases into ICUs is still high. There has been no significant reduction…where ICU bed usage was over 90%,” he said.

At the same time, frontline medical and health workers are suffering from burnout as they have been dealing with so many Covid-19 cases for a prolonged period of time, he added.

Written by Ezri

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