KUALA LUMPUR: The health ministry will open two more Covid-19 Low-Risk Quarantine and Treatment Centres (PKRCs) in the Klang Valley if the number of cases continues to surge.
Deputy health minister Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali said the proposed PKRCs will be located at Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Dengkil in Selangor and the Grand Seasons Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, which had ceased operations in February last year.
“The UiTM PKRC will be able to house 1,200 beds. This will certainly help to offload the main PKRC and also hospitals where bed utilisation is definitely at a critical level,” he said while appearing as a guest on “The Nation” programme entitled “Malaysia and the Covid-19 Battle”, which was broadcast live on Bernama TV today.
He said the ministry also dedicated PKRCs for foreigners at private hotels, such as Royale Chulan Hotel Kuala Lumpur and a resort in Bangi, and they have to foot the bill.
According to Noor Azmi, the ministry is also increasing the capacity for Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL), Hospital Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Klang, Hospital Selayang and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia’s (UKM) Specialist Children’s Hospital to cope with the spike in Covid-19 cases, especially for those in categories four and five.
On the Public-Private Partnership Covid-19 Industry Immunisation Programme (Pikas), he said the ministry is expecting more companies to join to ramp up vaccinations.
He added that this will help reduce the number of cases and severity of infections, in light of the fact that there are many worksite clusters.
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