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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Malaysia, Malacca : Hospital purportedly turns away patients with suspected dengue

Via The Star, excerpt :

Several patients seeking treatments for suspected dengue complications claimed that medical officers at Malacca Hospital had asked them to leave earlier or return daily for treatments purportedly due to lack of hospital beds.

Some, who turn up with high fever were told that their treatment had to be postponed because the hospital was filled to the brim with patients and it could not safely take them in.
Patients believed that the bed crunch could be a result of several factors, including the increase of dengue cases, recently.
Scores of patients’ relatives told Star Metro that the hospital was forced to turn away patients due to the purported overcrowding.
One of them who requested anonymity claimed that his sister-in-law was weak and dehydrated when she was referred to the hospital by a panel clinic with suspected dengue but was not admitted despite her anaemic condition."

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