Penang Field Hospital | The star
A 100-bed FIELD hospital will be built at Penang Hospital by this week.
Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the field hospital would be set up by the military and the health ministry in the hospital parking lot.
“We have approved and accepted it in principle and if we can get the green light it can be done in a week,” he said after visiting the Penang hospital on Saturday.
The decision to build the field hospital was raised after the hospital in Penang reached critical capacity due to the increase in Covid-19 cases.
He said the field hospital would be equipped with breathing facilities, intensive care unit (ICU) equipment and other facilities.
On Saturday, ministry officials and army officers visited the site to map the layout of the field hospital.
To further reduce the burden, Khairy announced that the ministry would discuss with private hospitals in Penang a proposal to lease their operating rooms to public sector surgeons to perform high-risk operations there, as the operating rooms Penang hospital operation were now at full capacity.
Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow, Chairman of the National Welfare and Environment Committee Phee Boon Poh and Secretary of State Datuk Abdul Razak Jaafar accompanied Khairy on his visit.
Khairy also said that the Penang health department was looking for the remaining 10% of the state’s population who had not even received their first dose of the vaccine.
“We are still following them to get them vaccinated,” he said at a press conference in Komtar on Saturday.
Among the methods used to find them are mobile immunization trips, home visits with the help of assembly members and government agencies.
To ensure that all adults in Penang are vaccinated, Khairy announced that some of the 10 vaccination centers with the walk-in option will also be open to foreigners once a sufficient number of locals have been vaccinated.
“We are going to carry out vaccination campaigns for foreigners in their own language so that they can go to be vaccinated,” he said.
Describing the next two or three weeks as critical for Penang, Khairy said it was time for general practitioners to be mobilized to help in Covid-19 Assessment Centers (CACs).
He said each GP would be able to monitor 10-15 home quarantine patients to reduce the number of reported deaths, while the capacity of all low-risk Covid-19 quarantine and treatment centers here will be increased.
Meanwhile, Khairy announced the appointment of Bukit Mertajam MP Steven Sim as the coordinator between the federal and Penang governments on Covid-19 issues.
“We decided to nominate Sim after a discussion with Chow and Bagan MP Lim Guan Eng,” he said.
He said this was in line with the bipartisan spirit forged by the prime minister in handling the pandemic.
Sim’s role will be similar to that of MP Bangi Ong Kian Mng in Selangor’s Operation Surge Capacity.
In a separate development, Khairy announced that the polio epidemic in the country is contained after experts from the World Health Organization found that Malaysia’s efforts to control the spread of the disease had been crowned with success. success.
In the statement, Khairy said that from January 1, 2019 to September 9 of this year, a total of 426 cases of acute flaccid paralysis were reported across the country.
“Of these, four cases have been confirmed as polio, all in Sabah and involving a three-month-old baby and children aged three, eight and 11.
“In the latter case, the child began to suffer from symptoms of paralysis on January 18 of last year. It was found that the four cases had not received or completed their polio vaccination, ”he said.