Health ministry increases bed capacity at MAEPS quarantine centre

by AZREEN HANI/ pic by MUHD AMIN NAHARUL

HEALTH ministry has increased the bed capacity at MAEPS quarantine centre (PKRC MAEPS)  in Serdang by 3,032 making the total capacity  to 6,132.

This effort is one of the ministry’s measures to ensure that hospital readiness is always at the optimum level.

According to deputy Health DG (medical) Datuk Dr Rohaizat Yon, the number of beds will continue to be increased up to 10,000 beds, based on current needs.

Dr Rohaizat said in a statement today that the increase is due to the continuous rise of Covid-19 cases.

“The operation of PKRC MAEPS 2.0 is placed under the control of the Chief Commander of the Central Region, namely the Selangor State Director of Health,” he added.

On Dec 9, The Malaysian Reserve reported that the government has reopened the PKRC MAEPS due to rising Covid-19 cases among foreign workers in the country.

Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah had said that the ministry expects the number of patients involving foreign workers will increase as a result of screening tests in six states.

Earlier today, Dr Noor Hisham reportedly said that positive Covid-19 patients should be isolated at home and keep regular contacts with Health Districts officers for now, before being taken to hospital.

This is due to the fact that Health Ministry is currently dealing with a very high number of cases and logistics issues when it comes to ferrying patients to hospitals.

“This happened in Sabah too. We are talking about more than 1,000 cases a day. This is because of increased testing among foreign workers, and as expected more cases being diagnosed,” Dr Noor Hisham was quoted in a report by The Malay Mail.

 

Read our previous report here:

Report: Asymptomatic patients advised to stay home, system overloaded