ICU capacity nationwide reached 74% with Klang Valley topping at 89%.
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Covid-19 hospitals are doing their best to accommodate the ever-increasing numbers of Covid-19 patients through repurposing ordinary wards.
However, according to the Health Director General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, this reduces the chances of non-Covid-19 patients receiving proper critical care.
In a Facebook post, Dr Noor Hisham shared the latest statistics on the occupancy of Covid-19 ICUs across the country. As of Mei 18, the Covid-19 critical care bed and ICU utilisation nationwide are at an average of 74%.
ICUs in the Klang Valley alone has reached 89% capacity. States like Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Kedah, Sarawak, and Negeri Sembilan are at over 80%.
Previously it was reported that Penang has run out of ICU beds while the ICUs at Johor and Klang Valley are maxed out.
Since then field ICU’s have been added and are planned to be established, with the help of the Armed Forces, at critical hospitals to handle the surge. NST reports that 27 modular bedded field ICUs had already been deployed in Kepala Batas Hospital in Penang.
The DG added that a modular laboratory and a modular radiology unit is also set up to treat critically ill patients in the field ICU.
Yesterday Malaysia recorded the highest number of Covid-19 deaths. Out of the 47 deaths, 5 are recorded in Penang, and 22 are recorded in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur.