Health DG: MAEPS quarantine centre to close on July 15

  • Nation
  • Friday, 10 Jul 2020

PETALING JAYA: The Low-Risk Patient Quarantine and Treatment Centre for Covid-19 cases at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang (MAEPS) will officially close on July 15, says Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

The Health director-general said Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba visited MAEPS earlier Friday (July 10), and witnessed its last patient being discharged.

“Therefore, this quarantine centre will officially end its operations on July 15, ” he said during his briefing on Covid-19 at Putrajaya on Friday.

Dr Noor Hisham said the MAEPS centre was touted by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as a proactive step taken by the government in dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic.

It officially began operations on April 16 and it received its first patient on April 21, he added.

Dr Noor Hisham said the MAEPS centre was a collaboration between various agencies under the Health Ministry, including the Natural Disaster Management Agency, Malaysian Armed Forces, Fire and Rescue Department, Malaysian Civil Defence Force, Works Department, Welfare Department, Immigration Department, Malaysia Volunteer Corps (Rela), Prisons Department, Malaysia Genome Institute and MAEPS itself.

Up till July 10, the MAEPS centre has successfully treated 1,362 patients, the majority (86%) comprising non-Malaysians and 14% Malaysians, said Dr Noor Hisham.

“The Health Ministry would like to take this opportunity to thank all frontliners from all agencies involved directly and indirectly in the operations of the centre, ” he added.

The quarantine centre at MAEPS has a capacity for 600 patients. It offers clinical services, wards for Covid-19 patients, resuscitation rooms for emergency situations, ambulances as well as pharmacy, X-ray, and pathology laboratory services.

It was also used to treat undocumented migrants for Covid-19.

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