COVID 19 – What else can we do?
COVID 19 – What else can we do?
Today the positive case reaches a new high of 4029 cases. It seems the government is fighting a losing battle. Is it? Today, the scenario is very different than 10 months ago. Previously, cases were isolated to specific groups, workplace, weddings, etc. Today the cases are appearing everywhere and the primary cause cannot be identified.
Why KKM is only announcing the total infected figures? At this stage, this number is meaningless especially when KKM no longer does the pre-discharge C19 test and they decided to test all contacts. What is the purpose of highlighting the total infected? What message is intended for the community?
A circulating WA message by Muhammad Mamzah (MM) says something that is worth pondering. Quote, “Saya tertanya-tanya, apa agaknya rawatan yang diberikan oleh KKM kepada mereka semua…? Apa ubat yang diberi setiap hari oleh KKM kepada semua (113,288 @14Jan 2021) pesakit covid19 ini? Sebab rata-rata bila saya melihat dan membaca perkongsian pengalaman pesakit covid yang ada, mereka beritahu tiada ubat apa-apa yang diberi kepada mereka. Jumlah 113 ribu orang tu bukan satu jumlah yang kecil. Apa kata KKM tampilkan semua testimoni yang ada dan jadikan ia sebagai wadah untuk merencana SOP baru untuk menangani wabak ini?”
In a nutshell, the MM is saying that based on public information flashed all over the media, 113,000 cases have been “cured” and most people are saying, no specific treatment was given. When no specific treatment has been given, can the term cured be used? If no pre-discharge negative test result, is it appropriate to use the term term cured?
The current MCO is not an MCO by any standard and this increasing number being reported is likely to justify a non-medical purpose. Why no one has asked KKM to publish the number of cases by severity as classified by NIH (https://tinyurl.com/yy7kqusk)? With this classification people can see and judge why the hospitals are crowded. Based on a paper published by Sg Buloh doctors, 92% of cases admitted to the hospitals do not warrant hospital admissions.
KKM has yet to change its strategy despite repeated calls. Why KKM is not being transparent on the actual number of moderate and severe illness? Today it’s reported the country has 4,029 new cases and 205 cases are in ICU (severe by NIH Classification). By mathematical deduction, 37,126 cases are admitted for treatment as of today. How many of these cases are actually mild, moderate, and severe? Is MOH intentionally trying to mislead the country on the burden of the disease? What’s the objective? Sadly reporters covering daily Q&A are not asking probing investigative questions? If one listen carefully, the questions are either planted or had been been given hours earlier before the PC.
We called upon MOH once more to be transparent to everyone in this country so that it gives everyone the opportunity to evaluate the situation fairly and contribute in making Malaysia safe again. Once more, we called MOH to publish daily active case maps online and explained how state and local authorities can play a more participating role.
Without information, misleading conclusions will be made and people cannot contribute. Accept the fact that there are thousands of people with or without medical knowledge that can contribute to the betterment of the nation in the current crisis. Accept it that pandemic management is no longer the exclusive domain of medical professionals in the current century where plenty of knowledge are available online. Is it the intention, to mislead on the severity of the problem in this country – I wonder and will never know?
Dr. Mohamed Rafick Khan
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