Covid-19: Armed forces to set up makeshift treatment centre in Kepayan Prison, says Ismail Sabri


PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Armed Forces have agreed to set up a Makeshift Treatment Centre (MTC) at the Kepayan Prison to support the Covid-19 medical facility in the prison, says Defence Minister Datuk Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

The decision was achieved after the presentation by the Sabah National Security Council (NSC) during a special meeting chaired by the Prime Minister on Tuesday (Oct 20).

Ismail said the MTC is needed as the number of Covid-19 cases in the prison has increased and it will serve as a quarantine and treatment centre for inmates who test positive.

The MTC in Kepayan Prison is similar to the one set up in Pokok Sena Prison in Kedah previously.

“The armed forces field hospital in Tawau will also start to operate this week, ” the Senior Minister said in his daily press conference on Tuesday.

He said that the field hospital began receiving non-Covid-19-related patients Tuesday.

“The operation of the field hospital will focus on non-Covid-19 patients while the government hospital will be focusing on the treatment for Covid-19 patients, ” he added.

Ismail also said should the number of cases in Sabah continue to increase, the armed forces will be ready to set up more field hospitals in areas advised by the Health Ministry.

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