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More Beds, Screening And Vaccine Centres: Selangor And Federal Government On The Offensive To Fight Covid-19

More Beds, Screening And Vaccine Centres: Selangor And Federal Government On The Offensive To Fight Covid-19

The number of available beds in ICUs, Covid-19 hospitals, Covid-19 Quarantine and Treatment Centers are declining.

Hakim Hassan

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State and Federal governments are taking even more measures in the fight against Covid-19 in the country which includes setting up more beds, ramping up testing and also adding vaccination centres.

On 30 May, the Health Ministry informed the public that the spread of Covid-19 is getting worse as the current national infectivity rate (Rt) value is at 1.16 and the number of cases reported daily shows an exponentially upward trend.

It’s also noted that the number of available beds in the Intensive Care Unit, Covid-19 hospitals, Covid-19 Quarantine and Treatment Centers are declining and may be inadequate.

The MOH also warned of the possible situation where doctors will have to make difficult choices to prioritize ICU beds for patients with higher recovery potential than patients with lower recovery potential (poor prognosis).

MOH bulking up resources to fight current wave

The Health Ministry is looking at more screening tests, manpower and bed capacity to cope with the current surge of Covid-19 cases in the country.

Bernama quoted Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah who said that screenings have increased by 30.2%.

Dr Noor Hisham also said that the Ministry is looking at increasing the bed capacity for both Covid-19 hospitals and Covid-19 hybrid hospitals by identifying and repurposing spaces as intensive care units (ICUs).

The Ministry is also eyeing on adding more manpower at all facilities, something which Dr Noor Hisham said has been one of the main challenges for MOH.

He added that many personnel have been called to help assist in the fight against Covid-19.

Health personnel from various categories, including surgeons in several hospitals have been mobilised to treat Covid-19 patients.

Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah via Bernama
MoH: Only 11 districts in Malaysia still free of Covid-19 cases | Malaysia  | Malay Mail
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Two drive-thru screening centres to be set up in the Federal Territories soon

To test more people in the Federal Territories, more community screening test centres will be set up in Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan, including drive-through screening test centres.

Bernama quoted Federal Territories Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa who said that the government is planning to set up two drive-through centres in the near future.

We are working hard to ensure that from June 7, we can start providing free Rapid Test Kit Antigen (RTK-Ag) screening tests for those in the Federal Territories. Apart from PPR and PA, two test centres with drive-throughs are being planned. By June 15, we will increase the number of locations.

Federal Territories Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa via Bernama

Selangor, Kuala Lumpur to open huge vaccine centres

The Selangor government will open mega-scale Vaccine Centers (PPVs) around the state according to Sinar Harian which will be opened in stages starting the second week of June.

Three of these mega vaccination centres will open in Selangor. These locations are The Mines Convention Centre in Seri Kembangan, UiTM in Puncak Alam, and Setia City Convention Centre. 

Meanwhile, neighbouring Kuala Lumpur will have two mega vaccination centres at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC), and Bukit Jalil National Stadium.

READ MORE: Five Mega Vaccination Centres To Open in Klang Valley With Penang And Johor Coming Soon


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