Covid-19: Volunteers helping to install temporary ward at Beluran Hospital

KOTA KINABALU: A group of volunteers led by a housewife is helping the Beluran Hospital instal a temporary extended ward in view of the increasing Covid-19 cases in the state.

Beluran Hope person-in-charge Norfadzlina Ramsah said although the cases were not yet severe in Beluran, she feels that there is a need to be prepared.

“The rate of the Covid-19 transmission is too fast, and it is only a matter of time that we’ll face trouble housing patients and isolating the Covid-19 positive and negative cases, ” she said.

That is why she gathered a group of friends to help the Beluran Hospital instal makeshift wards.

“We also have a professional builder that can help us with the harder construction works, those that we can do, we’ll do ourselves, ” said the 39-year-old mother of three who is known as Lina among her friends.

She said the makeshift ward would be about 19m long and is actually a walkway that is part of the hospital structure.

“We need to move fast and the best place that is near and less costly is to utilise part of the hospital’s original structure for this purpose, ” she said.

Lina said among the materials needed to make this makeshift extended ward include plywood and stilts, all of which were bought using public funding.

“The hospital will also need machines to help them function better but that would be another part that we’ll work on and get donors to chip in, ” she said.

For them to start work, the volunteers are required to undergo daily Covid-19 swab tests as long as they are there and to adhere to strict SOPs.

They are also allowed to work in small numbers, so they will try to keep their workforce at about four persons at a time.

They have started the construction and these works will take a few days to complete.

It would be up to the hospital to manage and arrange for the use of the new extended wards after completion.

As of Oct 12, Beluran has recorded a total of five active Covid-19 cases.

Apart from Beluran Hope, many other NGOs and volunteers have come forward to assist not only frontliners but also needy families who lost their jobs due to the movement control order and pandemic.

Among them are Semporna Heroes who are giving out food and other essentials to frontliners and needy people in Semporna district and Munira Ladis who is on a mission to help poor families in Kinabatangan.

Meanwhile, there are currently a total of 29 Covid-19 treatment centres statewide including the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Likas Sports Complex, Likas Women and Children’s Hospital, INTAN Campus Tuaran and Insitut Kemahiran MARA, Kota Kinabalu.

The others are KB Rest House, Kota Belud, Keningau Hospital, Keningau Community Hall, Tawau Hospital, ILKKM Tawau, Dewan Arena Belia Tawau, Tawau Prison Department, Tawau Sports Complex and Lahad Datu Hospital.

The Pilakop, Kinarut, Lahad Datu police department, Tun Hj Mustapha Hall, Lahad Datu, PPR Taman Seri Sepagaya, Lahad Datu, Dewan Arena Kunak, Semporna Hospital, PPR Bubul Ria Semporna are also listed.

In Sandakan, the centres are Duchess of Kent Hospital, PPR Batu Putih, Rafflesia Hall, ILKKM Sandakan, and Anjung Kasih.

There is also the Selagon Hall in Beaufort, Kudat Hospital, Ranau Sports Complex Hall and the Kota Marudu Hospital opened up for Covid-19 treatment.

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