The Ministry of Health (MOH) in a press conference yesterday (11 June) said that nearly two-thirds of level 4 and 5 recovered Covid-19 patients suffered “Post-Covid Syndrome”, in which they show symptoms that could drag on for up to 12 weeks.
The condition is also named “Long Covid” in the guidelines published by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), United Kingdom on 18 December last year.
According to Bernama, Health Director-General, Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the symptoms include fatigue, breathing difficulty while active, insomnia, coughing or anxiety. He added that the symptoms cannot be explained with any alternative diagnosis.
“Up to now, the only treatment we can offer will have to be based on the symptoms patients show (symptomatic relief) and the functions of the affected part of the body.” he said.
Dr Noor Hisham also said that the Ministry had referred the patients to relevant experts to receive optimal clinical treatment, while they continue clinical studies to understand and identify the effects of the syndrome.
“Therefore, COVID-19 patients who are discharged from the hospital will be given follow-up appointments and they are reminded to attend them according to the set date.”
“Meanwhile, former COVID-19 patients that are still showing symptoms are advised to seek medical consultation and treatment at the nearest clinic or hospital,” he said.
Nevertheless, Dr Noor Hisham said that it is important for former Covid-19 patients to maintain their health at the best possible level to reduce any long-term complications that can possibly reduce the quality of life and productivity of a person.
Before he ended the conference, he took the opportunity to urge the public to register for the vaccination so as to reduce the risk of serious infection from Covid-19.