Field hospital mulled in case of rising Covid-19 cases in Negri

SEREMBAN: A field hospital will be built in Tampin near here should the number of Covid-19 cases in Negri Sembilan keep increasing, says Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Aminuddin Harun (pic).

The facility, he said, will be built in a large area near the Tampin Hospital.

“We will proceed with the plan if we keep getting many cases and the number of beds at the four government-designated Covid-19 hospitals continues to decrease.

“At present, about 70% of the beds at these hospitals are already occupied,” he told reporters after chairing the state exco meeting at Wisma Negri on Wednesday (june 16).

The four government hospitals are the Tuanku Ja’afar Hospital, Tampin Hospital, Jelebu Hospital and Jempol Hospital.

Negri Sembilan registered 618 cases on June 12, making it the state with the second highest number of cases in the country that day.

There were 685 cases recorded on June 11, which increased from June 10 (593), June 9 (507), June 8 (505) and June 7 (571).

However, the number of cases on June 15 fell to 396. On June 14, there were 323 cases and 331 cases on June 13.

A total 34,501 cases have been reported in the state since the pandemic started.

As of June 15, 4,868 people were still undergoing treatment. There were 228 fatalities in the state.

Aminuddin said due to the increase in the number of cases, the authorities have also proposed to open the state’s fourth Covid-19 Integrated Quarantine and Treatment Centre (PKRC) at the Nilai Indoor Stadium.

It will be able to accommodate 1,000 beds. The three other government PKRCs have a total of 2,000 beds.

Apart from the government-run PKRCs, there are three more being operated by the private sector, which have a combined capacity of 966 beds.

Aminuddin said to ensure that more people are vaccinated, seven more government vaccination centres will be opened in the state on June 28 and another one on July 5.

At present, there are eight such centres.

Apart from the government-run centres, the people are also being vaccinated at 13 health clinics, seven private hospitals and 28 private clinics.

“Our current capacity is to vaccinate 13,814 people a day but we are only getting about 8,000 shots from the federal authorities,” he said, adding that the state government has asked for the number of daily vaccines to be increased to 10,000 for all government centres and health clinics.

He said once this is approved, staff at the government facilities will come in to work on weekends to ensure more people are vaccinated.

The 28 private clinics now give out about 2,124 jabs a day, with the capacity to increase to 3,360 jabs a day.

Aminuddin said the seven private hospitals are also receiving an average of 1,600 doses a day when they have the capacity to administer 2,100 shots.

“We have also proposed to the federal authorities to open a mega vaccination centre at Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia in Nilai, which will be able to give out 3,000 jabs a day,” he said.

He said as of June 15, 540,345 people or 66.3% of those eligible have registered to be vaccinated in the state.

However, only 117,341 have received their first dose and another 67,127, their second dose.

On another matter, Aminuddin said all state assemblymen have been asked to collect information of those aged above 60 in their constituencies, who have yet to get their vaccination.

“We will collect the information of those who have yet to get their appointments through MySejahtera and forward this to the relevant authorities.

“We need to do this so that they are given priority over those younger."

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