Covid-19: New PKRC in JB allows mothers and young children to be placed together


JOHOR BARU: The Low-Risk Covid-19 Quarantine and Treatment Centre (PKRC) at the Permai Hospital in Jalan Tampoi here will only house women, expectant mothers and children below 12 years old.

As such, Johor Baru district officer Datuk Abdul Rahman Salleh said the centre – which can accommodate up to 585 people – is expected to give more comfort to patients as mothers and their young children, who previously had to be separated, are now placed together.

“The PKRC started operations on Sunday (June 13) and as of Monday (June 14), we have admitted eight people into the facility.

“This is our second public PKRC after the Pasir Gudang City Council Indoor Stadium,” he told reporters after visiting the PKRC on Monday.

Abdul Rahman added that the PKRC would be manned by 100 government agency personnel for 24 hours a day to ensure that patients’ comfort and safety are looked after at all times.

Only one building at the Permai Hospital, namely Olive B, is being used as a PKRC and would accommodate patients in categories one and two, namely the asymptomatic or those with mild symptoms.

“Olive B is a five-storey building divided into 40 units of three bedrooms each, with enough physical distancing between patients.

“The building is also equipped with elevators, a communication line to the monitoring centre, a recreational centre, a playroom for children, and a relaxation room.

“We have also received RM100,000 worth of donations from government agencies, private sectors and individuals in the forms of daily necessities, and equipment for the patients' comfort," he added.

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