Kelantan to add two more Covid-19 centres

Making more room: 147 Covid-19 patients are currently being housed at the Gelanggang Seni Special PKRC. The state has not ruled out adding more beds as numbers are on the rise. — Bernama

KOTA BARU: Kelantan has identified the locations for two new Low Risk Covid-19 Quarantine and Treatment Centres (PKRCs) as the number of cases in the state continues to rise daily.

Kelantan PKRC director Dr Mohd Azman Yacob said the new centres would be located at the National Culture and Arts Hall (Dewan Kebudayaan dan Kesenian Negara) and Queenspark Sportcity, both in this district.

There was a need to open new PKRCs because the 11 existing ones in the state had reached an occupancy rate of 90-97%, he said.

“The two new locations identified may be used as high capacity PKRCs but several things have to be checked in terms of infrastructural facilities including toilets, air-conditioning and others.

“In fact, the comfort of patients and safety of personnel on duty must be given priority in the setting up of a PKRC.

“We cannot take these aspects lightly, ’’ he said after visiting the Gelanggang Seni Special PKRC here yesterday.

Dr Mohd Azman added that there was a rising need for more PKRCs in Kelantan because the state lacked high-capacity buildings to house a large number of Covid-19 patients.

“To date, the biggest PKRC that is capable of accommodating a large number of patients is the Universiti Sains Malaysia (Health campus) in Kubang Kerian which can accommodate 464 patients at a time, ” he added.

In the meantime, he said Kelantan PKRC did not rule out the possibility of adding 30 more clinical beds at the Gelanggang Seni Special PKRC to house Covid-19 patients in category three and above.

“This is because the usage of intensive care unit (ICU) beds at Hospital Raja Perempuan Zainab II has reached up to 95%, in fact, at times up to 100%.”

Kelantan recorded 626 new cases yesterday.

Meanwhile, four more individuals have been called up by the police for questioning over the alleged breach of the standard operating procedure during the Hari Raya celebration in Machang recently.

Kelantan Criminal Investigation Department head Wan Khairuddin Wan Idris said this brings to nine the number of individuals called up by the police to assist the investigation.

“We expect to question several more individuals in the investigation, ” he said when contacted.

On May 19, five people were called for questioning by the police over a report on a Hari Raya gathering held at a politician’s house in Machang on May 15.

The report was lodged based on the dissemination of several pictures of the politician violating the SOP by holding a Raya gathering and also not wearing a facemask. — Bernama

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