PSM: Health Ministry should take action against Edgenta’s carelessness

PSM: Health Ministry should take action against Edgenta’s carelessness

SUNGAI BULOH: Teluk Intan Hospital in Perak have been closed after 37 of its staff tested positive for COVID-19.

In a statement issued by Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) today, it said the contractor that hired them denied them from Covid -19 screening test.

According to the Health Minister Director General Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah today, a total of 37 health workers from Teluk Intan Hospital were confirmed positive for COVID-19 virus infection.

“Those who are infected were ordered to be quarantined and some of them were sent to Ipoh Hospital for further treatment,” it said.

However, seven cleaners from Emergency Department of Teluk Intan Hospital, claims they were not allowed for health screening test by the Edgenta UEMS supervisor at the hospital.

“There are no substitutes to do their work if the employees are asked to go on leave. This was the reason given by the Edgenta UEMS supervisor,” the statement said.

Following that, the medical personnel at Teluk Intan Hospital X-Ray Department were also instructed to conduct a health screening test.

However, a cleaner who work in the X-Ray Department was also prohibited from health screening.

The cleaners were also a part of the front-line who were working hard to fight the COVID-19 outbreak.

“This group of subordinates had been ignored and not given the same equipment as the other front-line workers,” it said.

The problem faced by cleaners at Teluk Intan Hospital was clearly a negligence and the act by the employer, Edgenta UEMS.

Edgenta UEMS is a subsidiary of UEM Edgenta Berhad, which holds cleaning services contract at government hospitals in the North West Coast of the Peninsula including the state of Perak, since January 1, 2020.

The Union of Private Supporters of Support Services at Government Hospitals of Peninsular Malaysia (KPSPSHKSM) has called on the Health Ministry to take immediate action.

“The Health Ministry should take an immediate action on this negligence and rectify the situation to ensure the safety of cleaning workers in the forefront of the fight against COVID-19,” it said.

By S Jeevita