Field ICU at Kepala Batas Hospital to be operational by Saturday (May 22)

The army's field ICU at the Kepala Batas Hospital in Penang will be fully operational soon. - Bernama

KEPALA BATAS: The army expects the modular 27-bed field intensive care unit (ICU) it is setting up at Kepala Batas Hospital to be operational by Saturday (May 22).

The field ICU is being set up by the Kluang Medical Second Battalion.

Commanding officer Lt-Col Dr Mohd Zamri Deraman said his unit, which is based in Kluang, was ordered to help Kepala Batas Hospital increase ICU beds for Covid-19 patients.

"We are using a modular concept by bringing in four containers which will be used to place 12 ICU beds.

"We will also use a tent that will house 15 more ICU beds, so we will have 27 in total," he said.

He added that patient care at the field ICU will be handled by the Health Ministry and Kepala Batas Hospital, but two army anaesthesiologists will be on duty to help with critical cases.

This is the third field medical facility set up by the army this year.

Two others were set up earlier this month at Padang Perdana, Kelantan, and Kapit, Sarawak.

In October, the army set up a 100-bed field hospital in Tawau, Sabah, when the state was reeling from a surge in Covid-19 cases.

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