CM: Penang awaiting word from Nadma on two new low-risk Covid-19 centres


GEORGE TOWN: The Penang government is currently awaiting feedback from the National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma) about its request to set up two new locations for Covid-19 low-risk treatment and quarantine centre (PKRC) in the state.

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow (pic) said the matter was made known during a special session of the National Security Council on Covid-19 management through a video conference chaired by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyidin Yassin on Wednesday (Jan 20).

"During the video conference, we agreed with the Prime Minister's suggestion that the strengthening of the efforts in facing the pandemic should involve every state. And the relevant approach should be a micromanaged prevention, implemented especially according to locality and infection trend," he said in a statement on Wednesday (Jan 20).

Chow said that Penang will restructure its existing technical committee to enable it to function effectively in aspects of enforcement, public education and knowledge sharing at the community level.

He also said the details of the meeting with the Prime Minister will be discussed during the State Special Security Committee meeting on Thursday (Jan 21).

On Jan 11, the state government sent a letter to Nadma director-general on the proposal of the new PKRC locations with a request for additional allocations under the National Disaster Relief Trust Fund.

The two locations are the Mara Excellence Centre in Jawi on the mainland and Pesta Pulau Pinang site in Sungai Nibong on the island; both can accommodate 1,000 patients each.

The state currently has two such centres – the Caring Society Complex in Jalan Utama, which has 150 beds, and Balik Pulau Sports Complex with 432 beds. Both are on the island.

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