PETALING JAYA: A total of 2,712 long-term Covid patients were referred to the rehabilitation center at Sungai Buloh Hospital from November last year to September, but more than 60% of them continued to present with persistent symptoms.
Health Director General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said that during this period 2,712 long-term Covid patients were referred to Specialized Covid-19 Rehabilitation Services (CROSS) in four to 12 weeks after infection.
Of these, 984 cases or 36.3% fully recovered from their symptoms, 1,715 cases or 63.2% continued to have symptoms, while 13 or 0.05% died.
“Checks of their medical records showed that other co-morbid factors such as cancer, kidney failure, heart attacks, blood infections and lung infections also contributed to these deaths.”
The long Covid is when former Covid-19 patients still show signs and symptoms after recovering.
Dr Noor Hisham said, based on their records, that approximately 97.5% or 2,324 of patients who underwent the 12 week assessment were in categories four and five.
Of the numbers, 914 or 39.4% made a full recovery while the rest continued to have multiple symptoms.
Five of the most common symptoms were fatigue (71.8%), difficulty breathing (61.9%), cough (13.6%), pain (13.2%), and sleep disturbance (11 %).
According to the analysis, after 12 weeks, 61.1% had no loss of function, 25.6% experienced a slight difficulty in functioning, 3.7% experienced a marked difficulty in functioning but no ‘did not need help, while 0.7% experienced severe functional difficulties and needed help.
He said those who have suffered from Covid for a long time should seek assessments and treatment at the nearest health facility.
Dr Noor Hisham said 31 public hospitals, four teaching hospitals and six private health facilities were involved in the treatments.
In the same statement, Dr Noor Hisham said Malaysia registered 6,243 new cases of Covid-19 yesterday, bringing the cumulative number of cases since the start of the pandemic to 2,522,498.
“Of the 6,243 new cases, 106 or 1.7% are in categories three, four and five while 6,137 cases or 98.3% are in categories one and two,” he said.