Private hospitals respond to demand for Covid-19 patient care in Penang


Penang chief minister Chow Kon Yeow

SEVERAL private hospitals in Penang have begun taking in Covid-19 patients, said Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow.

The state Health Department is now continuing discussions with more medical centres, federal agencies and other agencies to treat and screen Covid-19 patients of various categories.

“We will use ‘Big Data Analysis’, especially in sharing information among agencies to increase prevention against the spread of virus at localities.

“The MySejahtera platform will soon play the role of directly managing patients, ” Chow said in a statement after attending a virtual National Security Council (NSC) meeting on the management of Covid-19 chaired by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on Monday.

Chow added that the state will focus on prevention through strict enforcement at workers’ hostels which are the source of workplace clusters, especially involving the manufacturing, construction and services sectors.

“The National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma) has conducted a site visit to the Mara Excellence Centre in Jawi, south Seberang Prai on Jan 23 as the site was proposed as a Covid-19 low-risk treatment and quarantine centre (PKRC), ” he said.

Meanwhile, Chow’s political secretary Teh Lai Heng announced the cancellation of the Chief Minister’s Chinese New Year Open House celebration that was scheduled to be held on Feb 13 due to the uncertain Covid-19 situation.

“However, the nine-day virtual Chinese New Year celebration (Miao Hui) 2021 will continue to be held as planned starting from Feb 12.

“Although there will not be any physical activities, the public can still undergo the new experience of the celebration which will be held through online platforms, ” he said in a statement.

Teh reminded all state assemblymen, MPs and community leaders to adhere to the SOPs stated by the NSC by not organising any open house events or festivals involving large crowds.

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