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Frontliners’ dystopian accounts of Klang Valley hospitals ravaged by Covid-19

As the Klang Valley suffers its worst-ever Covid-19 surge despite being under lockdown, the healthcare system is on its last breaths dealing with a non-stop stream of patients.

On one hand, admissions are far outpacing the number of patients being discharged.

On the other hand, hospitals are running low on beds, oxygen supply, solutions and morale.

Despite reinforcements, frontliners at four public hospitals gave Malaysiakini first-hand accounts on why they are losing hope that the situation will improve.

They spoke on condition of anonymity due to a strict gag order that bars Health Ministry staff from making unauthorised public comments. One did not even dare to reveal the name of their hospital for fear of reprisals.

Despite these threats, the frontliners felt compelled to inform the public of the painful truth.

Below is a compilation of their accounts, edited for clarity and brevity. Comments are being sought from the Health Ministry and hospitals mentioned.

Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital, Klang

Frontliner who treats Covid-19 patients

Our Emergency Department and wards look like a disaster movie. Our clinics have been shut down. We are coping badly.

Doctors have been warning about rising Covid-19 admissions for a few weeks and kept asking for more beds, but the hospital management did not help until newspapers showed pictures of canvas beds outside the Emergency Department.

We have run out of beds and ventilators. Even oxygen supply is not enough. We have too many Covid-19 admissions, too many preventable deaths but not enough resources.

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