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The government is almost done converting the halls located at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang (MAEPS) into a temporary makeshift hospital to house Covid-19 patients.
The facility will be used as a quarantine and treatment center for low-risk patients who are displaying asymptomatic or mild symptoms, with the capacity to treat up to 600 patients at a time.
The temporary healthcare center was built as a precautionary measure to contain the spread of the outbreak and manage the burden on the nationâ€™s healthcare systems should a spike in infections occur.
Essentially, low-risk patients would be sent to the facility so that hospitals could better tend to other serious cases or non-coronavirus related patients. However, if a patientâ€™s condition were to worsen, the facility houses its own emergency and resuscitation rooms that are able to deal with 2 patients at once.
The facility will provide all the necessary clinical services for infected patients as well as having some comfortable amenities such as lounge areas complete with TVs, books, board games as well as full internet access.
The center would also have its own internal WhatsApp channel to allow patients to communicate directly with doctors and nurses, as to maintain a certain level of contactless communication and social distancing to better manage the facilityâ€™s manpower and resources.
As a standard procedure, the Health Ministry requires recovered patients to be tested twice over a period of more than 24 hours before being cleared of infection. Patients would be placed in a special â€œdischarge areaâ€ while they await the results of their tests before being discharged from the facility.
Frontliners stationed at the center would also find everything they would need available from medication to medical equipment, laboratories as well as adequate staff facilities like pantries, locker rooms, and rest areas.
Reportedly, the center is expected to receive its first wave of low-risk patients from public hospitals in the Klang Valley, Negeri Sembilan, and Perak once it’s fully up and running.
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