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KUCHING, Oct 17: A modular Intensive Care Unit (ICU) field hospital will be stationed at Sibu Hospital from Selayang Hospital in Kuala Lumpur in the near future to assist the hospital in its fight against Covid-19.
Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian said the modular ICU field hospital from Selayang Hospital will be arriving in Sibu tomorrow.
Dr Sim made a working visit to Sibu Hospital yesterday to check on the progress of the field hospital which is being set up by the Malaysian Armed Forces.
He extended his appreciation to Chief of Defence Force General Tan Sri Affendi Buang and the National Rapid Respond Task Force led by Health Ministry deputy health director-general Datuk Dr Chong Chee Keong after their earlier visit to Sibu for their rapid response as well as Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin and health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah for facilitating the establishment of the field hospital in Sibu.
Dr Sim who is also Minister for Local Government and Housing said Sarawak will get the local councils and local community to help with what is needed in the battle against Covid-19 although health matters are under the jurisdiction of the federal government.
He also revealed Sarawak is setting up more field hospitals in preparation to fight Covid-19 for the long-term.
He said Sarawak is seizing the opportunity to build up extra health resources as part of the State’s preparation to fight Covid-19 and possibly other variants of the coronavirus next year.
“As we are dealing with Delta variants and may be other variants next year, while we are a bit ‘quiet’ at the present time, (we) must seize the opportunity to quickly build up extra needed standby resources just in case as part of our preparations to fight Covid-19 endemic (sic) for quite some time, next few months and may even years,” he said in a social media post yesterday. — DayakDaily