Screening of hospital admissions for COVID-19 in Brunei Darussalam

Authors

  • Sanny Zi Lung Choo Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha Hospital, Brunei Darussalam
  • Hazirah Shafri Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha Hospital, Brunei Darussalam
  • Fatimah Al-Zahara Johan Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha Hospital, Brunei Darussalam
  • Norwani Basir Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha Hospital, Brunei Darussalam
  • Pui Lin Chong Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha Hospital, Brunei Darussalam
  • Muhammad Syafiq Abdullah Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha Hospital, Brunei Darussalam; Institute of Health Sciences, Pengiran Anak Puteri Rashidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Brunei Darussalam
  • Rosmonaliza Asli Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha Hospital, Brunei Darussalam
  • Jackson Tan Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha Hospital, Brunei Darussalam; Institute of Health Sciences, Pengiran Anak Puteri Rashidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Brunei Darussalam
  • Dilip Joseph Thottacherry Suri Seri Begawan Hospital, Brunei Darussalam
  • Muhammad Ady Adillah Ahmad Pengiran Isteri Hajah Mariam Hospital, Temburong, Brunei Darussalam
  • Vui Heng Chong Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha Hospital, Brunei Darussalam; Institute of Health Sciences, Pengiran Anak Puteri Rashidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Brunei Darussalam

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.5365/wpsar.2020.11.2.009

Abstract

From late December 2019, an outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) occurred in Wuhan, China and has spread globally resulting in a pandemic. Brunei Darussalam reported its first case of COVID-19 on 9 March 2020. Several measures were implemented to prevent a national outbreak. We report our experience with surveillance of patients requiring admission in all government hospitals. We detected one positive case, and through contact tracing two further cases were detected. Therefore, without this screening programme, these cases would likely have been missed, leading to further nosocomial and community spread.

Author Biographies

Sanny Zi Lung Choo, Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha Hospital, Brunei Darussalam

Department of Medicine

Medical Officer

Hazirah Shafri, Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha Hospital, Brunei Darussalam

Department of Medicine

Medical Officer

Fatimah Al-Zahara Johan, Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha Hospital, Brunei Darussalam

Department of Medicine

Medical Officer

Norwani Basir, Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha Hospital, Brunei Darussalam

Department of Medicine

Consultant Physician

Pui Lin Chong, Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha Hospital, Brunei Darussalam

Department of Medicine

Consultant Physician

Muhammad Syafiq Abdullah, Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha Hospital, Brunei Darussalam; Institute of Health Sciences, Pengiran Anak Puteri Rashidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Brunei Darussalam

Department of Medicine

Consultant Physician

Rosmonaliza Asli, Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha Hospital, Brunei Darussalam

Department of Medicine

Consultant Physician

Jackson Tan, Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha Hospital, Brunei Darussalam; Institute of Health Sciences, Pengiran Anak Puteri Rashidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Brunei Darussalam

Department of Nephrology

Consultant physician

Dilip Joseph Thottacherry, Suri Seri Begawan Hospital, Brunei Darussalam

Department of Medicine

Consultant Physician

Muhammad Ady Adillah Ahmad, Pengiran Isteri Hajah Mariam Hospital, Temburong, Brunei Darussalam

Consultant

Medical superintendent

Vui Heng Chong, Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha Hospital, Brunei Darussalam; Institute of Health Sciences, Pengiran Anak Puteri Rashidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Brunei Darussalam

Department of Medicine

Consultant Physician

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Published

21-04-2021

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COVID-19: Brief Report