IPOH: Perak has recorded an increase in Covid-19 categories 4 and 5 cases requiring treatment at Intensive Care Units (ICUs), health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said today.
As of yesterday, there were 121 patients in Perak who were being treated in ICUs with an average rate of seven days of ICU-bed use exceeding 100%.
“The Perak health department, in collaboration with the state government and various agencies, is actively making preparations to face the sharp increase in Covid-19 cases which is expected to occur in the next two to three weeks,” he said.
He said this in a posting on his Facebook account, along with several pictures taken during his working visit to Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital (HRPB) Ipoh, Hospital Taiping, Hospital Tapah and Hospital Slim River yesterday.
An operations room has been set up to monitor and ensure the availability of beds to treat Covid-19 patients in the state.
A total of 223 ward beds and 42 ICU beds have been reserved for Covid-19 treatment at HRPB in Ipoh, which started treating pandemic patients in January last year.
Hospital Taiping, which began treating Covid-19 patients in March last year, has experienced an increase in the number of cases since the end of June.
“A total of 237 new cases were reported in the district of Larut, Matang and Selama yesterday, of which 175 cases were recorded in Mukim Taiping alone.
“Preparations are being made to face the increase in Covid-19 cases which is expected to peak in the next two to three weeks. The cooperation of all parties is important in facing the bitter battle ahead,” Noor Hisham said.
He said that a total of five wards with a capacity of 120 beds and 16 ICU beds have been reserved for Covid-19 treatment at Hospital Taiping thus far.
Meanwhile, in Hospital Tapah, which has been treating Covid-19 patients since November last year, there are 100 beds and out of that total, 28 beds have been reserved for Covid-19 treatment.
“Cumulatively, as of June, 527 Covid-19 patients were treated at Hospital Tapah. In addition, this hospital also provides health services for the Covid-19 Quarantine and Low-risk Treatment Centre (PKRC) at Tapah Prison,” he said.
Preparations are also being made to face the increase in Covid-19 cases at Hospital Slim River which also received referrals of Covid-19 cases categories 3 to 5 from Selangor, especially from PKRC Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang (MAEPS) and the Petaling district Covid-19 Assessment Centre (CAC).
Hospital Slim River, which has been treating Covid-19 patients since April last year, has a capacity of 250 beds, of which 69 ward beds and four ICU beds have been repurposed and reserved for Covid-19 treatment.