The ministry has also increased the number of available beds in the Klang Valley to 4,739.
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The Ministry of Health (MOH) has taken extra precautionary measures to accommodate the possible increased number of patients following the surge in confirmed Covid-19 cases in the Klang Valley in recent weeks.
According to Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, the ministry has increased the number of available hospital beds in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, and Putrajaya by 14 times. That is, from 345 beds on 1 October, to 4,739 beds.
They achieved this in five ways:
- Increasing the number of available beds in Sungai Buloh Hospital (increased to 630 beds)
- Increasing the number of available beds in Kuala Lumpur Hospital (increased to 831 beds)
- Changing the status of Cheras Rehabilitation Hospital to a Covid-19 hybrid hospital with 230 beds available
- Reopening eight blocks at the Health Ministry’s Training Institute in Sungai Buloh to be used as a Low-Risk Covid-19 Quarantine and Treatment Facility with 2,400 beds
- Continuing the use of the National Leprosy Control Center as a Low-Risk Covid-19 Quarantine and Treatment Facility with 648 beds
The Health Ministry, together with the National Security Center (NSC) has also established a Central Region Covid-19 Unified Command Center in the Klang Valley to govern and operate the hospitals and Low-Risk Covid-19 Quarantine and Treatment Facilities mentioned above.
This command centre will be led by Selangor State Health Director Datuk Dr Sha’ari bin Ngadiman and assisted by Emergency Physician at Sungai Buloh Hospital Dr Sarah Shaikh Abdul Karim as his deputy.
As of today, the cumulative number of cases in Selangor, KL, and Putrajaya since the beginning of the outbreak stands at 13,046 cases.
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