GEORGE TOWN: Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin has been urged to look into the issues faced by hospitals here, such as the lack of medical equipment.
Penang MCA chairman Datuk Tan Teik Cheng said MCA secretary-general Datuk Chong Sin Woon informed him of Khairy's visit to Penang this weekend to check on the state's current Covid-19 situation.
"I welcome Khairy's visit and hope that he can help solve the problems faced by the medical system in Penang, especially the lack of various medical equipment in Penang Hospital.
"I have often conveyed to MCA headquarters the severity of the situation in Penang and the medical system problems," he said in a Facebook post on Friday (Sept 10).
He added that the MCA central division had passed on their concerns to the Health Minister.
He said there had been a spike in the number of new cases and deaths in Penang daily, which was of great concern to the people.
Tan urged all political parties to put aside their differences and work together to fight the pandemic to save more lives in Penang.
"Penang MCA has been assisting in the fight against the pandemic and we are obliged to ... follow the steps of the state and Federal government in the fight against the virus," he said.
He added that the positive testing rate in Penang was among the highest in the country.
"On Sept 5, among 5,496 people screened, 1,558 were tested positive," he said, adding this indicated a 28.35% positive rate.
He noted that Penang Hospital, Kepala Batas Hospital, Seberang Jaya Hospital and Bukit Mertajam Hospital were used to treat Covid-19 patients.
"Nearly 100% of the beds in these four hospitals are fully used, which means that Penang's medical system is on the verge of collapse," he claimed.