The Melaka government plans to set up four more COVID-19 Quarantine and Treatment Centres for patients from among members of the public, said State Health and Anti-Drug Committee chairman Datuk Rahmad Mariman.
These will be in addition to the four existing centres which cater to COVID-19 patients from among prisoners and migrants, he said, naming them as the quarantine and treatment centres for the Jasin Correctional Centre; Machap Umboo Immigration Detention Depot in Alor Gajah, Henry Gurney School in Telok Mas and the Malaysia Correctional Institute in Tanjung Kling.
Rahmad said the new centres, which will be set up in accordance with the need, will be located at Dewan Tun Ali in Bukit Katil; Dewan Besati and Melaka International Trade Centre, both in Ayer Keroh; and Dewan Citra Kasih in Bemban.
These centres will be able to meet the need if the capacity of the Quarantine and Treatment Centre at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang (MAEPs) in Selangor can no longer cater for COVID-19 patients from Melaka, he told reporters after a ground-breading for the Ion Forte Green City @ Ayer Keroh Country Club here today. Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Sulaiman Md Ali performed the ground-breaking for the RM600-million project.
“Right now, COVID-19 patients from among the public are sent to the Melaka Hospital but the hospital has been unable to accommodate the increase in the number of cases and patients had to be sent to MAEPS.
“If MAEPS is unable to accommodate the cases from Melaka, we will set up the new centres at the four locations according to need,” he said.
Rahmad said each of the new centres can accommodate between 150 and over 2,000 beds for COVID-19 patients.
Sulaiman said the SOPs for Melaka under the MCO to be enforced from tomorrow to Jan 26 will be discussed in detail at the state level to make them compliant with those of the National Security Council.
Source: BERNAMA News Agency