26 referral hospitals for coronavirus

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 29 Jan 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: There will be 26 hospitals nationwide that will serve as referral hospitals in handling patients under investigation (PUI) and those confirmed with the coronavirus, says the Health Ministry.

Fifteen hospitals are in the peninsula, four in Sabah, six in Sarawak and one in Labuan.

The hospitals in the peninsula are Tengku Fauziah Hospital in Kangar; Penang Hospital in George Town; Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital in Alor Setar and Langkawi Hospital in Padang Matsirat; Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital in Ipoh; Sungai Buloh Hospital in Selangor; Kuala Lumpur Hospital; Tuanku Ja’afar Hospital in Seremban; Melaka Hospital and Sultanah Aminah Hospital in Johor Baru.

For the east coast states, those with the coronavirus symptoms in Kelantan will be referred to either the Raja Perempuan Zainab II Hospital in Kota Baru, Kuala Krai Hospital or Tumpat Hospital, while in Terengganu and Pahang, the referral hospitals are the Sultanah Nur Zahirah Hospital in Kuala Terengganu and the Tengku Ampuan Afzan Hospital in Kuantan, respectively.

The referral hospitals for coronavirus in Sabah are the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and the Sabah Women and Children Hospital, both in Kota Kinabalu, the Duchess of Kent Hospital in Sandakan, as well as Tawau Hospital, Lahad Datu Hospital, Keningau Hospital and Labuan Hospital.

In Sarawak, the hospitals are the Sarawak General Hospital in Kuching, Miri Hospital, Bintulu Hospital and Sibu Hospital.

The novel coronavirus cluster outbreak across the country is under control with only four Chinese nationals confirmed positive for the infection as of yesterday.

In Petaling Jaya, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said more funding will be expedited for the additional 12 thermal scanners to help frontline workers from the Health Ministry to identify people who have the symptoms.

“As the request is critical to the efforts to safeguard public health, I have asked the Treasury secretary-general Tan Sri Ahmad Badri Mohd Zahir to provide full cooperation for this allocation to be channelled to the Health Ministry as soon as possible,” he said yesterday.

On Monday, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said his ministry would increase the number of thermal scanners to help detect travellers who may be infected.

He said currently there are about 51 scanners, but more is needed. — Bernama

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