Many problems at HTAR Klang solved following Health Minister's visit, says hospital director

KLANG: Many of the Covid-19 problems faced by Hospital Tengku Ampuan Rahimah (HTAR) have been solved through the Health Minister's surprise visit, says hospital director Dr Zulkarnian Mohd Rawi.

Dr Zulkarnain said that Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba approved the need for beds, infrastructure and equipment on the spot when he visited HTAR on Thursday (July 29).

“We are very thankful," said Dr Zulkarnain, who added that he accompanied Dr Adham to the UKM Specialist Children's Hospital at Bandar Tun Razak, Cheras after the latter's impromptu visit to HTAR.

"The minister had made arrangements for us to send Stages Three, Four and Five patients there for treatment to ease the congestion here.They can take up to 200 patients,” said Dr Zulkarnain.

Dr Zulkarnain said he told Dr Adham that Mercy Malaysia will be sponsoring the setting-up of a field hospital at the car park next to the HTAR emergency department to make space for more patients.

Dr Adham was accompanied by Klang MP Charles Santiago during his visit to HTAR.

Santiago had written to Dr Adham requesting urgent help for the hospital recently.

"I also raised it in Parliament and spoke with the minister about the trouble faced by HTAR," said Santiago.

He added that Dr Adham had reminded him of the surprise visit in Parliament on Thursday before making the trip to HTAR.

"He saw the long queue of Covid-19 patients outside the emergency department for himself, as well as how packed it was inside," said Santiago.

He added Dr Adham also spoke to doctors and patients individually and asked them about the problems and shortcomings they faced.

"It was a very good visit. I hope things at HTAR will get better soon," said Santiago.

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