KOTA BARU: The state government will open up a treatment and quarantine centre to house low-risk Covid-19 patients.
Kelantan Local Government, Housing and Health Committee chairman Dr Izani Husin said this was decided following a rise in the number of Covid-19 cases in recent weeks.
"The three government hospitals in the state that have been turned into Covid-19 hospitals are now almost 90 per cent occupied and we need space to accommodate new cases. We already have a centre to house the low-risk patients at the Nursing College here and also at Kota Baru Municipal Council's Silver Jubilee Hall," he said.
Speaking to reporters after visiting the Silver Jubilee Hall centre here today, Dr Izani said Covid-19 cases in the state would increase in the coming days based on recent trends.
"Because of this rising trend, the state government is in the midst of identifying several other community halls that can be used to house low-risk Covid-19 patients. They must be near to the Kota Baru district. At the moment, we have identified halls in Panji and Ketereh which are suitable," he added.
Accompanying him during the visit was Silver Jubilee Hall centre head Dr Mohd Azman Yacob. The centre has 120 beds to accommodate low-risk Covid-19 patients aged below 50.
"Those who are positive and have minor symptoms will be placed here and required to undergo a 10-day quarantine. If, during the quarantine period, they develop serious symptoms, they will be transferred to one of the three Covid-19 hospitals," he added.