IHH allocates 200 beds across M'sia to treat non-Covid-19 patients from public hospitals

KUALA LUMPUR (April 17): IHH Healthcare Bhd has allocated 200 beds across its network of 15 Pantai and Gleneagles Hospitals in Malaysia to treat non-Covid19 patients decanted from public hospitals. 

In a statement today, IHH's chief executive officer of Malaysia operations division, Jean-Francois Naa, said that as healthcare providers, the group is committed to ensuring the health and safety of the people and are fully supportive of the Ministry of Health (MoH)'s efforts to manage the Covid-19 outbreak.

"By allocating 200 beds to take in patients from public hospitals when the need arises, we help ease the burden on the public healthcare system and enable the health ministry to focus on treating Covid-19 cases," he said.

IHH has pledged more than RM24 million to subsidise the medical treatment of public hospital patients at its Gleneagles and Pantai Hospitals.

Additionally, IHH has loaned 20 ventilators to public hospitals for the treatment of patients in intensive care units (ICUs). These ventilators are currently stationed at the respective public hospitals for as long as the hospitals need them during this outbreak. 

According to IHH, its laboratory arm in Malaysia, Pantai Premier Pathology has also been supporting the MoH's drive to increase testing capacity for suspected Covid-19 cases. 

"To date, more than 10,000 samples have been tested using Pantai Premier Pathology's test kits, which has been endorsed by the MoH.

"Since January this year, all Pantai and Gleneagles Hospitals in Malaysia have implemented strict safety precautions to protect its patients and staff which includes limiting entry points, screening and temperature taking, imposing visitor restriction and sanitising high-touch and common areas," it said.

In addition, Pantai and Gleneagles Hospitals have also set up designated areas within the hospital grounds to screen patients. This is for effective source control which enables the hospital to identify patients with symptoms of Covid-19, isolate the patient to prevent any spread of the infection and thereafter manage the case appropriately and comprehensively.

Patients can continue with their existing care plans at all Pantai and Gleneagles Hospitals across Malaysia knowing they are in a safe environment.

At 11.33am, IHH gained 0.57% or 3 sen to RM5.26 with 161,300 shares traded.

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