Some Sabahans have failed to notify the health officials that they have been tested positive for Covid-19 after doing self-tests.
Positive COVID 19 Cases Go Unreported By Some Sabahans
Some Sabahans fail to notify the health officials that they have been tested positive for Covid-19 after doing self-tests.
FMT, which has received complaints of this, met with several individuals who claimed a number of reasons for concealing positive test results, including that it “felt better" to do so.
A man who requested only to be identified as Biden said that he did not want to be quarantined by officials, comparing it to “a prison sentence."
“I heard some people were sent to centres as far as Kota Belud (in northern Sabah). So, when you declare the result, they will tell you they are picking you up, so that’s a pass for me,” he told FMT.
As he regarded his symptoms to be moderate, he determined that home isolation was the best course of action, noting that he had informed those he suspected had come into close contact with him.
Source - Daily Sabah
When he and his family realised they were sick, Limin (not his actual name) stated they chose to isolate themselves at home for ten days rather than notify the health ministry.
Another woman, who recently tested positive for Covid-19 with her husband and baby, said that they chose not to inform the authorities in order to “avoid having our sick leave deducted or risk having our wages reduced."
However, Sabah health director Dr Rose Nani Mudin claimed that more individuals were submitting their test results to the ministry through the MySejahtera app than ever before.
She said that about 400 to 500 individuals were presently reporting positive self-test results everyday through MySejahtera. She was unable to give previous statistics, since the health ministry’s self-reporting procedure began on Feb 7.
“The infection is already in the community (so) most people are concerned, and that’s why they are doing self-reporting. Whatever is in MySejahtera we need to accept it as accurate,” she told FMT.
“We have already empowered the community to look after their health. We cannot be prejudiced and think people are bad and not self-reporting.”
Since February 5, Sabah has been recording daily infections in the four digits, with the highest being 5,565 cases last Friday.
Meanwhile, Dr Aldred Soo of Queen Elizabeth Hospital II in Singapore emphasised that failing to disclose proven infections puts the general community at danger.
“Reporting is of utmost importance so that everyone affected can get notified (by the health authorities) to minimise infections,” he told FMT.
Masidi Manjun, spokesperson for Sabah Covid-19, acknowledged that regulating behaviour was not easy, but urged people to “spare a thought" for the frontliners.
“Just be honest to yourself and all the people around you. Their well-being, including that of your neighbours, is dependent on your actions and the way you manage your infection,” he said.
Source – Free Malaysia Today