Hospitals to start admitting more non-Covid-19 patients

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  • Sunday, 07 Jun 2020

PUTRAJAYA: Hospitals will start admitting more non-Covid-19 patients in stages, says Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pic).

He said the utilisation of wards designated for Covid-19 was less than 15% of capacity now.

"We have seven Covid-19 hospitals and 33 hospitals that are hybrid, so when we see there is a drop in Covid-19 patients who need beds in wards and intensive care units, we will take in more non-Covid-19 patients," he said in his daily press briefing in Putrajaya on Sunday (June 7).

He said this would be done continuously and gradually in stages.

"We are looking at how to optimise our hospitals with the intensive care units and beds designated for Covid-19 patients.

"We will still, however, allocate at least 30% of our capacity for Covid-19, even if we don't use the beds," he said.

He said the Health Ministry would also slowly reduce the number of staff members who had been re-deployed to states such as Kuala Lumpur or Selangor to handle Covid-19 cases.

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