Covid-19: There are enough hospital beds in Sabah for now, says Health DG

PETALING JAYA: The Health Ministry believes it has enough hospital beds to treat the rising number of Covid-19 cases in Sabah as recovery rates are just as high.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said with many patients being discharged after treatment, government hospitals there have the capacity to accept more.

"The empty beds can be used to treat new patients and the ministry is always assessing the situation. We do have plans to increase bed capacity if necessary," he said on Friday (Oct 30).

He said as of 10pm on Thursday (Oct 29), nine out of 24 government hospitals in Sabah have been designated as Hybrid Covid-19 hospitals which will treat both Covid-19 and other illnesses.

Dr Noor Hisham said the nine hospitals currently have 1,007 beds for Covid-19 patients with an occupancy rate of 77%.

He said there are also 28 quarantine and low-risk treatment centres (PKRC) in Sabah with 7,368 beds and only 43% of them are currently in use.

"There are currently a total of 8,375 beds to treat Covid-19 patients in hospitals and PKRCs in Sabah with an occupancy rate of 47%," he said.

Dr Noor Hisham said in total, there are 44 government hospitals and two teaching hospitals nationwide that are ready to treat Covid-19.

He added 46 of the hospitals have 3,825 beds and an occupancy rate of 54%.

He said PKRCs also provide additional beds and there are 60 centres nationwide with 12,235 beds at an occupancy rate of 36%.

"So we have 16,060 beds nationwide and 40% of them are in use," Dr Noor Hisham said.

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