Guan Eng says Penang needs more field hospitals
DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said more field hospitals are needed in Penang to handle the state’s growing number of Covid-19 patients.
According to the Bagan MP, the Penang’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) bed utilization rate is now 96.6 percent, ranking the state second in the country.
Lim suggested that Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin investigate the possibility of establishing more field hospitals with additional intensive care units in Covid-19 hotspots such as Seberang Jaya, Nibong Tebal, and Balik Pulau.
In a statement, Khairy said that Penangites were still grateful for the Armed Forces’ prompt completion of a field hospital with 96 ordinary beds and four beds for the intensive care units (ICUs) at the Penang General Hospital Car Park. “However, with the ICU bed utilization nearly reaching full capacity, Khairy should consider building more field hospitals for Penang,” he said.
On September 11, Khairy said that a field hospital will be constructed on the grounds of the public hospital parking lot in order to accommodate additional Covid-19 patients in the city of Penang.
The Malaysian Armed Forces started the construction of the field hospital on September 16 with about 23 tents put up on an area with a measure of 2,300 sqm. The field hospital is anticipated to be operational within a few weeks.