THE location of the new armed forces field hospital within the compound of the Sultanah Aminah Hospital (HSA) in Johor Baru shows the government’s commitment in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic.
Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad said the presence of the field hospital also gave a message to the people that the pandemic should be taken seriously.
He stressed that the daily increase of positive Covid-19 cases and the enforcement of enhanced movement control order was a concern to the state government.
“Johor is very grateful for the opening of this field hospital, which is done not only because of the increase in cases, but it also shows advocacy efforts to the community need to be continued.
“When there is a field hospital and it is located on the main road, the people themselves can feel how serious Covid-19 is, so that they will cooperate without taking the pandemic lightly,” he said.
Hasni said when the armed forces set up the field hospital, it showed that the situation in the state was well managed and there was cooperation from all quarters.
He also pledged the state government’s full cooperation to the field hospital throughout its operation at HSA.
Hasni added that the opening of the field hospital would also help lessen the burden of the state’s health sector frontliners handling the pandemic.
This is the second time that a field hospital has been set up at HSA. The first was when a fire broke out at the hospital’s intensive care unit (ICU) in 2016.
The field hospital that started operations on Thursday, was the sixth such hospital set up by the armed forces in the country to handle the pandemic.
Other field hospitals are located at the Malaysian Agro Exposition Park Serdang (MAEPS) (Selangor), Kapit (Sarawak), Pokok Sena (Kedah), Kepala Batas (Penang) and Tawau (Sabah).
The field hospital at HSA will handle Covid-19 third and fourth-stage patients.
Also present at the opening of the field hospital were Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob and Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba.
Meanwhile, in a Facebook post, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the field hospital has 60 beds for patients, including those in the ICU.
“Until June 11, the overall ward bed utilisation rate in Covid-19 specialised hospitals in the state was at 92% of the 1,186 beds.
“On the use of ICU beds in Health Ministry hospitals in Johor, all six specialist hospitals with ICUs have had a take-up of more than 70%,” he added.
Dr Noor Hisham also thanked the armed forces for all its support in battling the pandemic.