Penang government will sponsor three buses for the state Health Department to ferry Covid-19 patients to quarantine centres.
State infrastructure and transportation committee chairman Zairil Khir Johari said the buses would be used specifically to send patients to Mara Excellence Centre in Jawi on the mainland and Zakat Training Centre in Balik Pulau on the island.
“The allocation for these buses is RM72, 000 a month.
“This was approved under the Congestion Alleviation Transport (CAT) service in the 2021 Budget and the three buses were sourced from the pool of reduced CAT buses since the start of MCO 3.0, ” he said. Zairil said as the state records hundreds of cases daily, the buses would help lighten the burden on the Health Department’s resources.
“The three buses will be operated by Rapid Penang and the drivers have been given training, orientation sessions as well as vaccination.
“Each bus will be sanitised at the quarantine centres after the Covid-19 patients are dropped off.
“The department will supply personal protection equipment and other necessary items to Rapid Penang to ensure the safety of the drivers.
“We hope at such critical times, these resources can help solve some logistics issues, ” said Zairil.