PETALING JAYA: The Health Ministry has increased the bed capacity in six government facilities to treat Covid-19 patients in the Klang Valley due to the recent surge of cases.
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said in the early stages of the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Ministry had only used Hospital Sungai Buloh and Hospital Kuala Lumpur as Covid-19 treatment hospitals, while the National Leprosy Control Centre (PKKN) was used as a quarantine and low-risk centre for patients in category one and two in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur (KL) and Putrajaya.
However, he said the increase of Covid-19 patients has resulted in the high rates of bed use in these hospitals.
As such, he said, the Ministry has increased the bed capacity at Hospital Sungai Buloh to 630 beds as a precautionary measure to accommodate more cases.
He added that the bed capacity at Hospital Kuala Lumpur has been increased to 831 beds, while the Cheras Rehabilitation Hospital has been converted into a Covid-19 hybrid hospital with a capacity of 230 beds.
“We have also opened eight blocks at the Ministry's Sungai Buloh training institute as a quarantine and low-risk Covid-19 treatment centre with a capacity of 2,400 beds.
“PKKN will continue to be used as a quarantine and low-risk Covid-19 treatment centre with a capacity of 648 beds, ” he told a press briefing on Wednesday (Nov 18).
Dr Noor Hisham said this strategic planning to increase the beds involving the six facilities including the Tuanku Mizan military hospital happened with the collaboration of various agencies including National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma), the military, the police force, the Fire and Rescue Department, and others.
He said that the Ministry has established the Central Region Covid-19 Unified Command Centre with the help of the National Security Council to facilitate the governance and the operations of all the hospitals and facilities in Selangor, KL and Putrajaya.
“It will be helmed by Selangor Health director Datuk Indera Dr Sha'ari Ngadiman who will be assisted by Hospital Sungai Buloh emergency specialist Dr Sarah Shaikh Abdul Karim, ” he said.
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