Bintulu Hospital lacking space to accommodate both Covid-19 and regular patients

Bintulu Hospital director Dr. Suzalinna Sulaiman. (Photo credit: Ukas).

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KUCHING, Aug 13: Bintulu Hospital does not have enough space to accommodate both Covid-19 patients and non-Covid-19 patients.

According to the Sarawak Public Communication Unit (Ukas), Bintulu Hospital director Dr Suzalinna Sulaiman said so far, the capacity of hospital beds was sufficient, but the problem was that there is not enough space to accommodate the patients.

“Currently, patients are divided into two groups, namely the Covid-19 and non-Covid-19 patients, where the bed capacity is still enough to accommodate both.

“However, we don’t have enough space, and so far, we are unable to follow the required space standards, especially for non-Covid-19 patients,” she said.

Dr Suzalinna said more beds are being cramped into a space that is supposed to accommodate only six beds due to insufficient space.

“We have to put eight beds in a six-bed cubicle. This is because the ward that is converted for Covid-19 patients must meet certain requirements such as more space (in between beds) for distancing purposes,” she added. – DayakDaily