Sarawak private hospitals urged to assist public hospitals  

Sarawak private hospitals urged to assist public hospitals  

Sarawak private hospitals urged to assist public hospitals
KUALA LUMPUR: Private hospitals in Sarawak have been urged to assist public hospitals from becoming overburdened as the state battles a surge in Covid-19 infections.

Association of Private Hospitals Malaysia (APHM) president Datuk Dr Kuljit Singh hoped for private hospitals in Kuching and other towns in Sarawak to emulate those in the Peninsular by treating self-paying Covid-19 patients and decanted non-Covid patients based on their existing capacity and capability.”APHM has requested our member hospitals in Sarawak, mainly in Kuching, to assist the government in managing the rising number of Covid-19 patients which may soon increase beyond the capacity of public hospitals.

“There were 3,732 positive Covid-19 cases reported (in Sarawak) on Sept 21 but the percentage of Categories Four and Five patients are fortunately in single digits.

“However, the cumulative number of Categories Four and Five in the Intensive Care Units (ICUs) and wards will soon increase beyond the available space and exhaust healthcare personnel in public hospitals,” he said in a statement today.

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Dr Kuljit said, one private hospital which is part of a conglomerate (from West Malaysia) in Kuching has agreed to accept self-paying Covid-19 patients within the next week once retrofits and approvals have been obtained.

However, he said, most private hospitals in Kuching have small bed capacities and their percentage of available beds and ICUs for Covid-19 is limited.

These hospitals, he said, are currently discussing ways to provide assistance if requested by the government.

“We hope more non-Covid patients from government hospitals can be decanted to the private hospitals in Kuching which will create space for Covid-19 patients to be treated in government facilities.

“This process of decanting had a huge success in the Greater Klang Valley with 3,187 patients receiving care in the private hospitals and there are about 1,000 beds currently available for future decanting.

“Penang has so far decanted 69 patients which began 10 days ago and the process is now ongoing rapidly and private hospitals on the island have treated 1,325 self-paying Covid-19 patients since the pandemic began,” he added.

According to the Health Ministry’s CovidNow portal, Sarawak recorded the highest number of Covid-19 infections over the last two weeks with 17.5 cases detected for every 1,000 people in the state.

Sarawak private hospitals urged to assist public hospitals

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