Finalising plan for field hospital

Dr Mohd Zamri (left) and fellow officers inspecting the layout plan of the field hospital to be set up at Penang Hospital. — LIM BENG TATT/The Star

ASSETS to set up the 100-bed field hospital for Covid-19 patients in Penang Hospital will arrive tomorrow.

Commanding officer Lt Kol Dr Mohd Zamri Deraman, who is heading the army operation, said the equipment was being transported from Tuanku Mizan Armed Forces Hospital in Kuala Kumpur.

“After deployment, the setting up will start on Thursday. There will be 100 beds at the field hospital here.

“Eight of them are intensive care unit (ICU) beds, while the remaining 92 are ‘acute’ beds to treat Categories 3 and 4 patients.

“It will take several days to complete the setting up as there are complex procedures involved to lay out oxygen pipes and medical equipment,” he said.

Yesterday, army personnel were busy mapping out the layout and finalising plans for the field hospital to ensure smooth operation.

Dr Mohd Zamri said the setup would be similar to the one done at Kepala Batas Hospital in May this year.

“Public support for other equipment would be appreciated to enhance the field hospital’s operations.

“We welcome items such as canopies for covered walkways as well as miscellaneous supplies that may aid us.

“There will be three army officers and about 50 other personnel from various units stationed here,” he said.

On Saturday, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the field hospital would be set up by the army and the Health Ministry at the parking lot of the hospital.

The decision to build the field hospital was mooted after Penang Hospital reached its critical capacity due to increasing Covid-19 cases.

He said the field hospital would be equipped with respiratory facilities, ICU equipment and other facilities.

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