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Health D-G: Congestion, insufficient beds for critical Covid-19 patients in the Klang Valley

PUTRAJAYA: Many critical Covid-19 patients could not be placed in wards, including Intensive Care Units due to congestion and lack of beds.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said some of the patients had to be placed at emergency and trauma departments at hospitals in the Klang Valley.

The same situation has also affected Category 3 and 4 Covid-19 patients, who needed breathing support.

He said these categories of patients could only be placed at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park (MAEPS) Covid- 19 Quarantine and Low-Risk Treatment Centre.

"The number of Covid-19 patients, including those suspected or have possibly contracted the virus, is still high. Their numbers in the Klang Valley show no indication of declining.

"To date, 1,224 Covid-19 positive patients, including those suspected of contracting the virus, have been placed at ICUs.

"From this total, more than half or 567 are in Klang Valley: Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Putrajaya.

"However, many more patients in critical conditions could not be warded," he said in a Facebook posting on Sunday night.

Dr Noor Hisham said the Health Ministry has taken necessary steps to overcome the problem by improving capacity at Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL) and the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia's (UKM) Specialist Children's Hospital to treat Category 4 and 5 Covid-19 patients.

He also said HKL has been outsourcing non-Covid-19 patients from its hospital to nearby private hospitals.

"We also improved capacity to treat Covid-19 patients at Selayang Hospital and Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital in Klang, while transforming the Ampang Hospital into full Covid-19 hospital similar to Sungai Buloh Hospital beginning June 30," he said.

To date, 17 hospitals are treating Covid-19 patients in the Klang Valley.

Apart from that, Dr Noor Hisham said the Kajang Hospital, Banting Hospital, Shah Alam Hospital, Serdang Hospital and Universiti Putra Malaysia Teaching Hospital also helps to treat Covid-19 patients.

"Six other hospitals (that help treat Covid-19 patients) are the Universiti Teknologi Mara Hospital, Cheras Rehabilitation Hospital, Tuanku Mizan Armed Forces Hospital, HKL, Universiti Malaya Medical Centre, Hospital Canselor Tuanku Muhriz UKM dan Putrajaya Hospital."

In the same posting on FB, Dr Noor Hisham prayed that the Covid-19 pandemic would quickly end and hoped the people would be given the strength to fight the virus.

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