More Covid-19 screening hospitals and daily tests in Sarawak

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By Emma Victoria

SARAWAK now has 18 hospitals screening for Covid-19 cases, compared to just five hospitals in the first phase of movement control order (MCO) period.

Health Ministry director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said four hospitals have also been identified as Covid-19 treatment centres.

The hospitals are the Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) in Kuching, Miri Hospital, Bintulu Hospital and Sibu Hospital – with a total of 736 beds, 63 critical care beds and 112 ventilators.

Besides these, there are also five quarantine centres and treatment facilities for low-risk cases with a cumulative capacity of 901 beds, he said in a statement yesterday.

There are four laboratories in SGH, Sibu Hospital, Miri Hospital and Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) carrying out daily tests, which would be increased from the current 898 to 1,040 tests.

“Sarawak General Hospital will receive a Turbo Lab machine that will start operating in early May with a capacity of 200 tests daily. Meanwhile, Bintulu Hospital is expected to carry out tests from mid-May with a capacity of 30 to 40 tests daily.

“If necessary, the Health Ministry will send samples to hospitals in the peninsular or private laboratories as part of the short-term efforts to increase laboratory capacity,” he added.

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