Covid-19: Army's Greater Klang Valley Task Force ceases operation, says Hishammuddin

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): The army’s Greater Klang Valley Task Force has ceased its operation after 41 days following the positive development of the Covid-19 pandemic situation in the Klang Valley.

Senior Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein (pic) said it was done with the consent of the Greater Klang Valley Special Task Force and the Health Ministry after the number of daily cases started to decline and the capacity of hospitals was under control and in view of the increasing number of fully vaccinated individuals.

With the termination of the operation, the Armed Forces would continue focusing on various Covid-19-related operations throughout the country.

"It includes building more field hospitals in states identified by the Health Ministry and increasing the number of the Combat Medic Vaccination Team (CMVT) to assist the ministry in the vaccination process especially in interior areas,” he said in a statement on Saturday (Sept 18).

In addition, the Armed Forces would increase the capacity of drive-through vaccinations to members of the public.

Hishammuddin said the involvement of army personnel in the task force was highly effective and had a huge impact, thus helping the ministry to address the Covid-19 situation in all hospitals in the Klang Valley especially during the peak of the crisis.

He added that army had deployed 1,080 members of its personnel to carry out various assignments in Covid-19 Red Zones in hospitals around the Klang Valley.

It included the Oxygen Carrier Team (Oscar) to carry, refill and replace 14,258 oxygen tanks, the Rapid Resupply Team (RRT) to assist in the distribution of critical medical equipment, and the Body Management Team (BMT) which had assisted in managing 4,442 remains of Covid-19 victims.

"It was not easy to carry out each operation but in any situation, Armed Forces remained focused and utilised every expertise and facility it has to ensure the safety of the country and the well-being of the people in this challenging era of Covid-19,” he said.

Hishammuddin also congratulated and thanked all 1,080 army members who were involved in the task force for their willingness to work around the clock, risking their lives and be away from their families to complete the mission entrusted to them.

He also thanked all Armed Forces personnel for their services, discipline and determination in helping the country fight the Covid-19 pandemic.- Bernama

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