Military field hospital in Tawau may continue operating for six months

KOTA KINABALU: The Malaysian Armed Forces field hospital at the Tawau Sports Complex here could be extended for another six months if the need arises, says Fifth Infantry Division commander Major-General Datuk Muhammad Hafizuddeain Jantan.

The field hospital was set up in October to treat non-Covid-19 related cases in efforts to assist the Tawau district hospital to handle a large number of Covid-19 cases.

Maj-Gen Hafizuddeain said their operations could be extended by another six months in view of the current trend of Covid-19 infections in Sabah, particularly in the Tawau district.

Maj-Gen Hafizuddeain said this to the media after visiting the field hospital.

Also present during the visit were the hospital's commander Colonel Dr Shamsul Bahary Muhamad, Tawau Hospital deputy director Dr Azman Ibrahim, Tawau Area Health officer Dr G. Navindran and Tawau Municipal Council president Datuk Omar Mammah.

"The hospital has had a significant impact having provided an additional 25% bed capacity to the Tawau Hospital for non-Covid-19 patients," Maj-Gen Hafizuddeain said.

The use of the hospital has reached 45% since Oct 20 and it has treated 466 non Covid-19 patients. Currently, there is no plan to increase its capacity, which is now at an optimum level, he added.

On another development, Maj-Gen Haifzuddeian said there were 11 officers and 272 men from the Malaysian Armed Forces that are being deployed to assist police in conditional movement control order (MCO) roadblocks and other operations throughout Sabah and Labuan together with other agencies.

He also visited the roadblock at Jambatan Putih here during his official visit to the district.

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