Kelantan's latest Covid-19 treatment centre a bridge between low-risk patients and those who need hospital care

KOTA BARU (Bernama): The special Covid-19 quarantine and low-risk treatment centre (PKRC) at Gelanggang Seni here, which will be operational on Monday (May 10), is equipped with clinical beds, cardiac monitors and portable oxygen supply, and said to be the first of its kind in the country.

Kelantan PKRC director Dr Mohd Azman Yacob said the eighth PKRC in the state could accommodate 130 category one and two patients or patients with early Covid-19 complications.

“The PKRC has 50 double-decker beds for women patients with 30 clinical beds (for both men and women) and will be the bridge between patients and the Raja Perempuan Zainab II Hospital (HPRZ II).

“It will place young and old patients who require special treatment. However, those who need further treatment will be transferred immediately to HRPZ II, which is located only 1.5km away, ” he told reporters after inspecting the preparation of the centre here on Friday (May 7).

He said all the special equipment at the PKRC was to help its staff handle critical cases, especially involving patients over the age of 60.

Meanwhile, Dr Mohd Azman said ahead of the Aidilfitri celebrations, Kelantan Health Department personnel were facing a new challenge when some positive patients refused to go to the PKRC or hospital because they want to celebrate Hari Raya with their families.

“I don't have the figure, but it did happen. The staff at the District Health Office had to persuade them because many did not want to come as they wanted to celebrate Raya, ” he said.

Dr Mohd Azman explained that action could be taken under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 (Act 342) if a patient refuses to come to the PKRC or hospital for treatment.

Kelantan recorded 326 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday (May 6), with 38 active clusters.

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