Covid-19: Three teaching hospitals allocated RM80mil to increase bed capacity, ICU equipment

PETALING JAYA: The government has allocated RM80mil to increase bed capacity and ICU equipment for Covid-19 treatment in three teaching hospitals (HPU).

The three are located at Universiti Teknologi Mara, Universiti Putra Malaysia and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, the Higher Education Ministry said.

It said that this comes under the government’s Strategic Programme to Empower the People and Economy (Pemerkasa) and is part of the RM450mil allocation announced by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to increase bed and ICU (intensive care unit) capacity for Covid-19 patients in public hospitals, teaching hospitals and army hospitals besides outsourcing to private hospitals.

“This additional allocation is set to strengthen the role of HPUs that have been ready to work with the Health Ministry in efforts to curb the spread of Covid-19 since 2020.

“From February 2020 to May 2021, five HPU have been directly involved in treating Covid-19 patients – Universiti Malaya Medical Centre, Hospital Canselor Tuanku Muhriz Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Hospital Universiti Sains Malaysia, Sultan Ahmad Shah Medical Centre @IIUM and Hospital Universiti Teknologi Mara Sungai Buloh.

“All these HPUs have hybrid Covid-19 hospital status where non-Covid-19 patients too can continue to receive treatment and medical services,” said the ministry in a statement on Thursday (June 17).

Besides these, there are 18 higher education institutions (HEI) that have been identified as vaccination centres (PPV), the ministry added.

Four more will be open from June 21 and these are Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Institut Perubatan dan Pergigian Termaju USM, UiTM Shah Alam and Hospital UiTM Puncak Alam.

“Another 19 more HEI PPV are in the works, bringing the total HEI PPV to 41.

“As of June 11, a total of 134,932 have received their vaccines in HEI PPV,” the ministry added.

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