SDMC: ICU capacity in Sarawak in ‘critical condition’

Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas

KUCHING, May 27: The number of available beds in the State’s intensive care unit (ICU) is now at a “critical level” following the high number of Covid-19 positive cases reported daily, said State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas.

According to Uggah, the increasing numbers of daily positive cases has posed numerous challenges and high constraints on the capability of healthcare facilities in Sarawak.

“As of now, the ICU beds capacity in Sarawak are in critical condition where a total of 81 critical Covid-19 cases are still in the ICU ward, including 31 cases which require respiratory assistance,” said Uggah during the daily Covid-19 press conference held at the old State Legislative Assembly (DUN) building, today.

Uggah noted that three months prior, they also requested for an additional ICU bed to be allocated for Sarawak from Kuala Lumpur and the programme is currently ongoing.

He said after assessing the situation, the state government has already made future plans.

“For example in Kapit, the Sarawak government has approved a total of RM4.6 million to construct an ICU ward in Kapit, and some of it is in progress,” he added. — DayakDaily