There are two types of long covid which experts are identifying. The first in which former COVID-19 patients continue to exhibit symptoms, and the second in which individuals who have had covid-19 develop further complications after their primary covid-19 infection.
A Record Number Of Long Covid Patients Undergoing Treatment In Malaysia Says Health DG
As of October 30, a total of 5,193 patients were undergoing treatment and monitoring as part of rehabilitation programmes addressing Long COVID symptoms throughout the country, which included 31 public hospitals, 4 university hospitals, and 6 private health facilities.
Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, director-general of health, stated there were two types of Long COVID. The first in which former COVID-19 patients continue to exhibit symptoms, and the second in which individuals who have had covid-19 develop further complications after their primary covid-19 infection.
“Ongoing Symptomatic COVID-19 is having signs and symptoms anywhere from 4 weeks up to 12 weeks after being infected with COVID-19, and Post COVID-19 Syndrome is having persisting signs and symptoms beyond 12 weeks of infection, which cannot be explained by any other diagnosis," he said in a statement today.
Meanwhile, he said that patients with Long COVID required specialised care and might face serious health implications.
“Without specific treatment, this condition will persist, and it will take a long time to return to a fully functional level. Indirectly, it will affect the quality of life of individuals after being infected with COVID-19.”
“In addition, Long COVID can also cause serious implications such as increased morbidity, disability, decreased productivity, and loss of income. Socio-economic burden not only impacts patients, but is also felt by family members, society and the country," he said.
Lethargy, difficulty breathing while carrying out daily activities, cough, discomfort, and difficulty sleeping soundly are all often reported symptoms.
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The Rehabilitation Medical Service of the Ministry of Health Malaysia (MOH) has also collaborated with the Ministry of Human Resources, SOCSO Tun Abdul Razak Melaka Rehabilitation Centre, and a satellite branch at Ara Damansara Hospital to empower Long COVID patients through the Return to Work programme.
“In addition, the supply of appropriate rehabilitation equipment and payment of SOCSO benefits for eligible contributors will also be carried out. Collaboration with non-governmental organisations such as Mercy Malaysia and Care, Share and Circle is also being done to obtain professional support for the provision of education materials to patients in the main languages used in Malaysia in print as well as in electronic form," he said.
Additionally, Noor Hisham advised the public, especially those who have received the COVID-19 vaccination, to continue to follow the ministry’s guidelines and health guidance.
“Adhere to standard operating procedures (SOPs) as the new norm, and get the COVID-19 vaccine to reduce the risk of serious infections, the number of deaths as well as build herd immunity," he urged.