THE Kedah government will open another low-risk Covid-19 Quarantine and Treatment centre (PKRC) at the Al-Farabi Hall in the Kedah Education Department complex immediately, said Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor.
The Kedah Mentri Besar said the existing PKRC was full and unlikely to accommodate the number of Covid-19 patients in the state which is increasing every day.
“The intensive care unit (ICU) at Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital recorded 92% usage now and the increase in the number of cases in Kedah is worrying.
“A total allocation of RM700,000 has been approved to help residents who are severely affected due to the implementation of the enhanced movement control order (MCO) in two districts, namely Kubang Pasu and Kota Setar.
“A total of RM200,000 has been allocated for Kubang Pasu and RM500,000 allocated for Kota Setar.
“The allocations will be channelled through the Disaster Control Operation Centre (PKOB) in their respective districts, ” he said after chairing a meeting with Kedah state executive council members at Wisma Darul Aman on Wednesday.
Muhammad Sanusi added that the state government had enhanced the vaccination programme, especially in districts with a high increase in Covid-19 cases such as Kubang Pasu, Kota Setar, Kuala Muda and Kulim, by doubling the vaccination process and increasing the number of vaccine recipients at one time at the vaccination centre (PPV).
“We hope to ensure that the chain of Covid-19 virus infection can be broken and to provide relief for all parties.
“It is understood that the Infectious variants now have no symptoms and have a high rate of infection in the community.
“If infected, patients need higher oxygen assistance and the virus is able to attack directly into the lungs unnoticed, ” he said.
Meanwhile, Muhammad Sanusi said a total of 2,070 people from the Village Development and Security Committee (JPKK) throughout the state were deployed to help increase awareness and advise the public in their respective areas to comply with standard operating procedures set by the government.