Health DG: 95 private hospitals agree to help manage Covid-19 cases

PUTRAJAYA: 95 private hospitals in the country have agreed to help manage the increasing Covid-19 cases, says the Health Ministry.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said there are 130 private hospitals that have the capability to treat patients who are Category 3 and above.

“Out of the 130 private hospitals, 95 of them have agreed to help the ministry to treat Covid-19 patients.

“So we are waiting for the response of a few more hospitals. But this is a good development, as it is less than a week after we had engagement sessions with the private sector, ” said Dr Noor Hisham during a virtual media session on Monday (Jan 25).

With the commitment from the private hospitals, Dr Noor Hisham said the Health Ministry will be boosted by over a thousand extra beds to treat Covid-19 patients.

“With this, there is an additional capacity of 1,286 hospital beds as well as 65 intensive care beds and 54 ventilators from the private sector, ” he said.

Dr Noor Hisham also said the implementation of the Emergency Ordinance has helped to strengthen the Health Ministry’s capabilities to manage the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The Ordinance has helped all sectors to combine resources to strengthen existing capacity, facilities and human resources.

“For example, some private hospitals may not have certain medications to treat Covid-19. The government facilities can lend them the medicine and they can return it in the future, ” he said.

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