KUALA LUMPUR, March 26 — All staff serving Teluk Intan Hospital will be screened for coronavirus, health authorities said today, after a company allegedly prohibited hospital cleaners from getting screened.
A workers’ union claimed that a supervisor from Edgenta UEMS — a government-linked company providing health care support services — did not allow seven hospital cleaners to get Covid-19 screening after cleaning Teluk Intan Hospital in Perak, where 37 health care workers were infected with coronavirus.
“We have decided to screen all staff,” Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah told CodeBlue.
When asked about hospital cleaners hired by the hospital support services company, he said: “Those who are serving the hospital.”
Kesatuan Pekerja-Pekerja Swasta Perkhidmatan Sokongan di Hospital-Hospital Kerajaan Semenanjung Malaysia accused an Edgenta UEMS supervisor of justifying the company’s decision against screening by saying there would be no replacements if workers were put on leave.
Dr Noor Hisham said yesterday that Teluk Intan Hospital was still operating as usual, although its Emergency Department and observational ward at that department were closed for cleaning and disinfection.