ICU beds for COVID-19 patients in Klang Valley Hospitals in critical situation– Dr. Noor Hisham

PUTRAJAYA MAY 1: The rate of COVID-19 cases in Malaysia for every 100,000 people is 872 and that has been recorded from 1st January until 1st May 2021.

Director General of Health, Tan Sri Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah said, the three states that have recorded the highest number of COVID-19 cases are Kuala Lumpur with 1,583 followed by Selangor 1,486 and Putrajaya with 1,140 cases.

Dr. Noor Hisham added, the cumulative total of cases recorded within the period was 79,881 and from the total Selangor had reported the highest with 22,099 (27.7%) while Kuala Lumpur 7,019 cases (8.8%) and Putrajaya 264 cases (0.3%).

He said, the Ministry of Health (MOH) would like to inform that the R value for COVID-19 in Malaysia has also been increased. The latest R value in Malaysia is 1.14 while Selangor is 1.20, Kuala Lumpur 1.16 and Putrajaya 1.0. The three states have recorded the R value of more than 1.0.

In another development, Dr. Noor Hisham said, seven hospitals are specifically for COVID-19 patients including University Hospital in Klang Valley that covers Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya.

“The allocation of 277 beds for intensive Care Unit (ICU) for COVID-19 patients and non-COVID patients are for the states in Klang Valley. From that number, 152 critical beds /ICU are allocated for COVID-19 treatments while the current usage had reached 88%,” Dr. Noor Hisham said in a statement here today.

Dr. Noor Hisham added, according to the statistics that had been reported to National Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC) the current rate of the usage of critical bed/ICU COVID-19 is more than 70% in Sungai Buloh Hospital, Kuala Lumpur Hospital, Ampang Hospital, Serdang Hospital and Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital, Klang.

Meanwhile, the Selayang Hospital and University Malaya Medical Centre reported that the usage of critical beds/ICU COVID-19 have been more than 50%. This is due to the increase in the entry of 62% critical cases compared to two weeks ago.

“To date 108 ventilator units are required for COVID-19 patients in the Klang Valley,” Dr. Noor Hisham added.

However, Dr. Noor Hisham said, MOH has been monitoring the usage and the preparedness of the critical beds/ICU and non critical for COVID-19 patients in Klang Valley through the COVID-19 Integrated Control Centre or Unified Command Centre (UCC) Central Territory.

“MOH has found that the increase in cases and the usage of health capacity in the states located in the Klang Valley is currently in a critical stage and will give a negative impact to the public health services delivery as a whole.

“Following that situation, MOH urges the people to adhere to the SOP that has been set by the government and comply with the health advices that have been stressed by MOH to stop the COVID-19 infection chain in this country. One hundred percent (100%) compliance from the people is needed to help the nation to recover from this crisis,” Dr. Noor Hisham said. – Malaysia World News


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