SEREMBAN: A private Covid-19 Integrated Quarantine and Treatment Centre (PKRC) has been opened in Negri Sembilan following a surge in the number of cases.
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Aminuddin Harun said the opening of the 200-bed facility in Nilai had been approved by the Health Ministry and the National Disaster Management Agency and would be managed privately.
Negri Sembilan is one of the three states with the highest number of cases in recent days with 709 cases on June 4, 843 (June 5) and 507 (June 9).
Aminuddin said the number of beds at the facility would be increased to 600 in stages.
“We have no other option but to allow the opening of a private centre as the existing PKRCs are nearing capacity, ” he said, adding that the centre started operations on Tuesday.
He said patients would be charged RM150 per day for a single room at the private facility, which would also have its own medical teams.
Currently, there are three PKRCs being run by the ministry – Port Dickson Polytechnic, Kuala Pilah Nursing Institute and Mantin multipurpose hall.
He said the opening of the private PKRC was necessary as beds at Hospital Tuanku Ja’afar, as well as hospitals in Jelebu, Jempol and Tampin, were nearing full capacity.
‘’Normal wards at some of these hospitals have also been converted into Covid-19 treatment wards.
‘’Apart from the PKRC in Nilai, we have received queries from several others to open such centres in the state, ’’ he said.
Aminuddin also said the number of cases had increased, especially in the industrial sector.
“We have seen more than 100 cases at one manufacturing facility alone and this is worrying, ” he said, urging employers to send their Covid-19 positive foreign workers to the private PKRC for treatment.