State Opposition chief says more facilities needed to cater to Covid-19 patients

A volunteer at Persada Johor International Convention Centre PPV attending to a vaccine recipient as others wait their turn. — Filepic

THE Covid-19 situation in Johor was the main topic of discussion at the fourth session of the state assembly meeting.

Parit Ya’ani assemblyman Aminolhuda Hassan said there were 8,142 patients as of Aug 19 suffering from the disease in Batu Pahat district alone.

“Those who are under quarantine in Johor Baru are unable to work and it has affected the livelihoods of more than 3,000 families in the Parit Ya’ani constituency,” he added.

Aminolhuda, who is also state Parti Amanah Negara chairman and Johor Opposition chief, was speaking during the debate session of the state assembly held at Bangunan Sultan Ismail in Kota Iskandar.

He thanked frontliners from Health Ministry, the police, army and various departments for meeting their responsibilities.

He said providing healthcare services and social protection were among the strategies taken in dealing with the pandemic.

He noted that in July, state health and environment committee chairman R. Vidyananthan had said the use of beds designated for Covid-19 cases in wards and intensive care units of government hospitals had reached 90%.

“Data as of Aug 18 showed that the percentage of beds (103.7%) and ventilators (53.18%) used in Johor were among the highest in the country.

“The state government should enhance its cooperation with private hospitals as well as increase the number of beds in field hospitals.

‘‘The move is to accommodate the increase in patients who need treatment, as well as reduce the brought-in-dead cases in Johor.

“Volunteer service schemes can also be expanded to hospitals to cover staff shortages,” he added.

Meanwhile, Semerah assemblyman Mohd Khuzzan Abu Bakar (of PKR) thanked Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad for allocating additional funds to all assemblymen in helping out the rakyat.

“In our efforts to fight the pandemic, we have been told that vaccination is the key weapon.

“With the increase in the number of vaccination centres (PPV) in each area, I am confident we will achieve herd immunity soon,” he added.

Mohd Khuzzan said the PPV in Batu Pahat provided 1,400 doses while the centre at Parit Raja administered 1,200 doses daily.

He said the Universiti Tun Hussein Malaysia PPV dispensed 3,000 doses while the Yong Peng centre provided 2,000 doses a day.

He noted that vaccine recipients who had received their second dose stood at 36.1% as of Aug 21.

“If all goes well, Johor will achieve herd immunity soon,” he added.

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