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Thursday, April 29, 2021

Private hospitals running out of beds for Covid-19 patients - association

 


Private hospitals are running out of beds for Covid-19 patients following a spike in infections, said the Association of Private Hospitals Malaysia (APHM).

APHM president Dr Kuljit Singh (above) said the public should take this shortage seriously, and stop the spread of the virus to avoid a healthcare shutdown.

"In the last 14 days there has been a steep acceleration of Covid-19 patients in private hospitals occupying all the designated beds in the Covid-19 wards and even the isolated ICU beds are constantly filled up.

"Recently most private hospitals are not able to accept any more Covid-19 patients, particularly in the Klang Valley.

"The biggest fear would be if we face a healthcare shut-down because of non-availability of beds and oxygen treatment for our citizens," he said in a statement this morning.

Daily Covid-19 cases yesterday breached the 3,000 mark. Cases had been exceeding 2,000 daily since April 15.

Kuljit said government facilities in the Klang Valley and Johor were also struggling with a rise in Covid-19 patients.

As such, the APHM suggested that the government move non-Covid-19 patients to private hospitals "at the agreed cost which was accepted last year and funded fully by the government". - Mkini

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