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H1N1
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By Puvaneswary Devindran

http://www.theborneopost.com/?p=56006

Man recounts frustrating experience at SGH; expresses concern about how hospital tackles Influenza A (H1N1) situation

KUCHING: The new measures instituted by Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) to handle the Influenza A (H1N1) situation is causing concern, and to some extent, fury among the public.

A reader of The Borneo Post yesterday wanted to know if the Health Department was addressing the issue effectively or not.

Relating his ‘merry-go-round’ experience over the phone, he said he had all seven symptoms of the H1N1 and went to the SGH to get tested.

He felt that he could be a positive case because he had just returned from Kuala Lumpur on Friday.

However, to his surprise he was turned away and told to go to a polyclinic.

He said he then went to a polyclinic at Jalan Masjid only to be told to go to a private medical centre if he wanted to be tested.

With very little patience left, he went over to a private medical centre in the city to get checked.

Here again, he was directed to go back to SGH because the centre too does not do the test for H1N1.

The man then returned to the SGH which once again told him to go back again to the polyclinic.

Following a heated argument, he relented and went back to the polyclinic.

There, after recording his temperature, a nurse told him to wait for a doctor. In the midst of waiting, he asked if he would get tested. Again to his surprise the nurse told him, “No”.

Not wanting to spend another hour in the congested clinic, the caller walked out and made the call to The Borneo Post.

“There should be a proper avenue to handle this sort of cases. Now what are people like myself supposed to do? Go home and wait or what? I don’t even know if I’m a positive case or not and if I am, did I risk infecting others by going from one hospital to another and to the clinic just now?” he asked.

He said the Health Department had to come up with a better solution to the problem because it would cause panic among the public. He said it was especially worrying for children and the elderly.

SGH director Dr Zulkilfli Jantan on Monday said the hospital had come up with new steps to mitigate the overcrowding problem in the hospital and also to prevent the transmission of H1N1.

He said admission would only be limited to acute cases whereas for other cases, they would be given outpatient treatment or daily treatment.

“For non-critical cases, these will be postponed until the situation returns to normal. As such, those patients who await their turn for procedural or elective of non-critical operation will be given new appointment dates,” he said in a press statement.

He advised the public against going to the SGH Emergency Department when they had normal flu even if they suspected themselves of contracting the H1N1.

He said they should isolate themselves at their homes until the fever and coughs had receded and that hospital treatment was only needed if they had symptoms such as difficulty in breathing, bleeding during coughs, chest pains, constant vomiting or diarrhoea, prolonged fever for more than three days or relapsed fever after three days.

He said the other symptoms were unusual behaviour such as feeling disillusioned, feeling less responsive and body trembling, or sudden giddiness while standing or less discharge of urine.

As for children, he said symptoms to watch out for were listlessness, change in behaviour or mental status, easily upset or angry, dehydration, dry tongue, absence of tears when crying, less urine, faster breathing, chest recession, fits, dark blue lips or tongue and prolonged fever.

Dr Zulkifli said SGH would soon prepare a special area for fever and cough patients.

This new move apparently has not been received well by the people who are now shaken with fear of H1N1 when Sarawak reported its first death by the virus on Monday.

The fatality was a young mother who tested positive a few days after giving birth.

The 23-year-old woman succumbed to the disease at Miri Hospital. She was the seventh H1N1 death in the country.

Meanwhile, many are still wondering what has happened to the idea to turn the yet-to-open Sarawak International Medical Centre (SIMC) in Kota Samarahan near here into a temporary holding place for contagious disease cases.

The idea, which gained the approval of Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, was mooted by St John Ambulance Sarawak chairman and commander Dato Sri Ang Lai Soon in June. Ang believed that it was better to centralise the cases instead of channelling all to SGH which could place other patients at risk.

Soon after that, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan said the federal government would take over the SIMC at Kota Samarahan to elevate the congestion problems faced by SGH.

He said it had been decided by both the federal and state governments that making use of the yet-to-be opened SIMC could be a solution to solve the overcrowding woes at SGH and that the Health Minister Datuk Liow Tiong Lai would discuss in detail about this with the state government soon.

However, till now it is a waiting game for the people in Sarawak as no details are forthcoming.

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I blame George Chan for this.

He overhyped the virus to the point that people are so scared of it. Promising this and that to make sure people are safe and telling ppl to take showers before you shake hands or hug!!! This clown must have spread his ass for many people to get to his position now.

Even the hospital here is not equipped for H1N1 testing! Ask any of the doctors there and they will tell you they have much higher priorities on their hands than to be testing every tom dick and harry who has a runny nose!!

Read the latest article in the Borneo Post today which has a response from SGH, and it is clear that they have no intention to set up a testing lab (because KK already has one) and they are telling us to only go in for testing when your symtoms persist longer than 3 days or if you are part of an at-risk group.

They have even said that most ppl have mild symtoms and only need to rest at home - just like the flu!

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After reading the local post today,it means clearly that we Kuciang olang are now eveready to "succumb" to H1N1 - due to the so-called "we're well prepared notion" by the olang atasan . if the testing is so difficult as to wait for 3days(for sample to be air-flown to K.K )- habis lo... those suspected cases(even if its really a normal flu) might get the actual H1N1 at the waiting wards - becoz the patient have to WAIT..! when the g'vnt said they are ready,it should means that all testing facilities are on the spot!. on the spot to test & results promptly released so that any patients can go home or stays to get further treatment .

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Talk about hygiene, I think SquidSoap should come into place... wash your hands regularly or @ least 30 secs.

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Also, wear a mask if you're not feeling well, don't risk yourself or even pass the flu to others.

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bytez wrote:
Talk about hygiene, I think SquidSoap should come into place... wash your hands regularly or @ least 30 secs.

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http://www.squidsoap.com/products.cfm


Also, wear a mask if you're not feeling well, don't risk yourself or even pass the flu to others.
bytez,you mean every 30 sec wash hands or wash your hands for 30sec ?

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bytez wrote:
Talk about hygiene, I think SquidSoap should come into place... wash your hands regularly or @ least 30 secs.

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http://www.squidsoap.com/products.cfm


Also, wear a mask if you're not feeling well, don't risk yourself or even pass the flu to others.
bytez,you mean every 30 sec wash hands or wash your hands for 30sec ?


Yeah, :D get rid of germs using the safe method rather than the quick method :D

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The actual cost for H1N1 testing is actually RM800 per person. They actually did do the testing when they 1st detect the virus in the country, but somehow not all of them positive. That's why now they have to do the test on people who are really a suspected case, base on historical diagnosis.

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remember during Sacr's crisis,green beans or "lek tao" were all sapu off the shelve? how come this time,no new antedote for H1N1,eh? i thoght may be those 'very can" ones would come up with ...kacang putih,kacang kuda or the likes.

Posted on: 2009/8/6 11:01
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The actual cost for H1N1 testing is actually RM800 per person. They actually did do the testing when they 1st detect the virus in the country, but somehow not all of them positive. That's why now they have to do the test on people who are really a suspected case, base on historical diagnosis.
wow..! its expensive.the problem here is how suspective is a suspect case? there are actual H1N1 patients with only 1 or 2 symptoms.

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The bottom line is, H1N1 is now out of control. Japan admitted it, USA admitted it, Britain and Australia admitted it... and WHO admitted it!!!

All these countries have stopped checking at the airports and testing at hospitals already. My friend who works for Public Health in the UK says now they just administer H1N1 medication to ANYONE AND EVERYONE who goes to hospital or clinic with H1N1 symtoms, and tell them go home and rest.

Because the giving the meds to everyone are HELL OF A LOT CHEAPER and more convenient than wasting previous time and resources getting everybody tested.

This is why these countries now have stopped checking, and are now STOCKING up on H1N1 meds and placing orders for the vaccinations when they come out end of the year.

What is malaysia doing? I know they have also stopped the airport checks. They are also not testing anymore it seems. I certainly hope they are well-stocked up with meds. Cause at this point in time, that's the only thing that can work.

You all may have already had H1N1 and recovered from it; and don't even know!

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