Greater Klang Valley special task force frees up more beds in public, private hospitals

KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 5): The capacity of beds in public and private hospitals treating Covid-19 patients in the Greater Klang Valley (GTV) area will be increased by repurposing some areas of the hospitals into patient wards.

GKV Special Task Force (GKV STF) commander Datuk Dr Chong Chee Kheong said this is in light of the current situation and spread of the pandemic in the GKV encompassing Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Negeri Sembilan.

He said another initiative, namely outsourcing non-Covid-19 patients to private hospitals, is also being done to further free up more beds in the hospitals for use by Covid-19 patients.

“The ambulance service is also upgraded with the cooperation of numerous agencies, including the Malaysian Civil Defence Force, Fire and Rescue Department and non-government organisations (NGOs) such as the Malaysian Red Crescent Society.

“In addition, home isolation and virtual monitoring by Covid-19 Assessment Centres (CACs) are conducted for Covid-19 patients with mild or no symptom,” he said in a statement today. 

He said the GKV STF is also working together with NGOs and volunteers in identifying and tracing close contacts.

To date, in the GKV, there are 29 public hospitals and 51 private hospitals as well as two Low-Risk Treatment Centres (PKRC), including four full Covid-19 hospitals, namely the Ampang, Selayang, Sungai Buloh and Serdang hospitals.

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