THE 100-bed capacity field hospital at Penang Hospital will start housing Categories 4 and 5 Covid-19 patients as soon as possible.
Penang Hospital director Datuk Dr Teo Gim Sian said a dry run was held yesterday.
“There are 100 beds in the field hospital with four ICU beds while the remaining 96 are ‘acute’ beds to treat Category 4 Covid-19 patients.
“At the moment, Penang Hospital’s ‘acute’ wards have more than 95% bed occupancy rate.
“All our 50 ICU beds in the Covid-19 ward are at maximum capacity,” she said.
Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow thanked the army and Defence Ministry for successfully building the field hospital in 10 days.
“The field hospital is awaiting instructions from the relevant agencies and it is ready to begin operations anytime.
“I thank the Health Minister for preparing the necessary medical equipment needed for the 100 beds in the field hospital here,” he said.
Malaysian Armed Forces Second Division commander Mej-Jen Datuk Arman Rumaizi Ahmad said they would make sure all standard operating procedures are adhered to before the field hospital starts operating.
“I will report to the highest ranking officer to get instructions on the date and time to begin operations,” he said.
Meanwhile, a fire drill was successfully conducted at the field hospital on Wednesday.
Perak Road Fire and Rescue Department chief Azlan Hassan said 20 personnel and four fire engines were involved in the ‘operation’ which began at 3pm.
“The fire and evacuation operation was conducted to ensure the readiness of the rescue personnel in any emergency,” he said.
Azlan said the drill also involved 16 ‘patients’ that saw all of them being ‘evacuated safely’.
The joint operation was held with the army and Health Ministry.
Last week, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the field hospital would be built at the parking lot of Penang Hospital after it reached critical capacity due to increasing Covid-19 cases.
He added that the field hospital would be equipped with respiratory facilities, intensive care unit (ICU) equipment and other facilities.