Mohd Zuki: All govt resources to be used in managing Covid-19 during Emergency

PUTRAJAYA: All government facilities and resources will be put to use to manage Covid-19 during the state of emergency, says Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Mohd Zuki Ali.

He said this includes assigning civil servants to areas in need of additional manpower and to identify government buildings and facilities to be used at centres for swab tests.

Zuki said to ensure the smooth implementation of the Emergency (Essential Powers) Ordinance 2021, the government had set up an emergency management technical committee to monitor and manage the situation.

The committee had presented several proposals which were agreed by the National Security Council (NSC) emergency meeting, he explained.

“The NSC has also agreed that the National Service Training Programme (PLKN), as well as Bina Negara camps, be turned into temporary detention facilities for the use of the Prisons Department, Immigration Department as well as the police on rental basis.

“This is to ensure that there is physical distancing between the detainees to prevent the spreading of Covid-19 among them, ” he said on Tuesday (Jan 26).

The government has identified 16 PLKN and Bina Negara camps for this purpose, he said, adding that the police are also discussing with owners of certain facilities that are deemed suitable to be turned into temporary lockups.

“We will also look into optimising the use of existing facilities to avoid bigger financial implications if new facilities are to be built, ” he said.

On integrating the services of public and private hospitals during the Emergency, Zuki said the NSC agreed that operations of hospitals be done based on the cluster hospital concept under the Integrated Covid-19 Control Centre.

The capacity of government and public universities’ laboratories will be optimised for the purpose of detecting the coronavirus in large scales.

“We will also be mobilising other medical resources such as equipment, PPEs, medicines and also medical personnel such as nurses from private hospitals with certain expertise to be on temporary duty at public hospitals, ” he said.

Zuki said that financing mechanisms for Covid-19 patients by insurance companies treated in private hospitals are currently being looked into by the Finance and Health ministries, Bank Negara and the insurance industry players.

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