More beds alloted for Covid-19 patients at designated Malaysian hospitals

KUALA LUMPUR, 16 Oct 2020:

The Ministry of Health (MoH) has increased bed capacity in hospitals and Covid-19 Low-risk Quarantine Treatment Centres (PKRC) to 11,076 to ensure the country’s healthcare system is able to deal with the Covid-19 outbreak.

Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba said the number included 3,505 beds at 43 Covid-19 hospitals and 7,571 beds at 46 PKRC nationwide compared to 2,820 beds (at hospitals) and 3,975 beds (at PKRC) on Oct 6.

“The nationwide bed usage level for Covid-19 cases is currently under control at 45% for hospitals and 37% at PKRC,” he said in a statement today.

In Sabah alone, Dr Adham said MoH provided 5,276 beds for Covid-19 cases – an increase of 53% compared to the number of beds on Oct 5.

He said 16 PKRC in Sabah are now ready to begin operation, noting MoH had also mobilised 140 medical officers and 225 assistant medical officers to assist medical frontliners hospitals, health clinics, district health offices at the state.

“MoH is also working with the Defence Ministry to set up a field hospital (in Tawau) which has the capacity of 100 beds, transport Covid-19 samples (from Sabah) to the peninsula as well as bringing 75,000 the Antigen Rapid Test Kit (RTK-Ag) and other medical equipment to the state.”

Dr Adham said MoH did not depend solely on the Covid-19 infectivity rate or R-naught in making a more pragmatic analyses and strategic planning.

He said MoH experts from various levels would look at all relevant aspects including in the infectivity rate, mortality rate, bed usage capacity, characteristics of Covid-19 clusters and spatial correlation values.

“Health and safety of the people are the government’s priority and MoH will continue to step up integrated efforts with various parties to contain Covid-19.”

Meanwhile, MoH has identified three more new Covid-19 clusters today – the Lekir Cluster in Perak, the Buntar Cluster involving Kedah, Perak and Putrajaya and the Merbok Cluster in Selangor.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the Lekir Cluster involved the Manjung district in Perak with the index case for the cluster (17,528th case) tested positive for Covid-19 after a symptomatic individual was screened on Oct 14 and warded at the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital, Ipoh.

‘’Screenings of close contacts identified five more Covid-19 positive cases. As of noon today, 144 individuals were screened with six cases found to be Covid-19 positive, two individuals negative and 136 individuals still waiting for results.’’

On the Buntar Cluster, he said it involved Kuala Muda, Kedah, Kerian district in Perak, and Putrajaya.

The index case for the cluster (the 18,035th case) was found Covid-19 positive following the screening of an individual with symptoms on Oct 15, who was admitted to the Sultanan Bahiyah Hospital, Kedah.

‘’Seven more Covid-19 positive cases were identified after the screenings of close contacts. As of Oct 16, at noon, 51 individuals were screened with eight cases found Covid-19 positive and 43 individuals still waiting for results.’’

For the Merbok Cluster, Dr Noor Hisham the cluster involved the Kuala Langat, Klang, Kuala Selangor and Petaling districts in Selangor.

He said the index for the cluster (17,983rd case) had been identified Covid-19 positive following the screening of an individual with symptoms on Oct 9, who had been admitted to the Sungai Buloh Hospital.

‘’Eight more Covid-19 positive cases were identified after the screenings of close contacts. As of Oct 16, at noon, 270 individuals had been screened with nine cases detected to be Covid-19 positive and 261 individuals still waiting for results.’’

In the meantime, he said that, overall, 38 cases (6%) today were from the Tembok Cluster, Remand Prison Cluster and Seberang Perai Prison Cluster and the cases involved were indeed isolated in prisons.

In addition, he also said that the Flower Cluster In Negeri Sembilan today had completed a 28-day monitoring and surveillance, resulting in the expiry of 104 clusters, to date, out of an overall 181 – clusters which meant there are 77 more active clusters left.

– Bernama