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Friday, July 30, 2021

Kedah hospitals in need of containers as Covid-19 deaths soar


The morgues at Hospital Sultan Abdul Halim in Sungai Petani and Hospital Sultanah Bahiyah in Alor Setar are always full, says the state’s health director.

PETALING JAYA: Two hospitals in Kedah need containers to keep the remains of Covid-19 patients who died of the virus, as cases in the northern state increase.

According to Berita Harian, state health director Dr Othman Warijo said the two hospitals, namely Hospital Sultanah Bahiyah (HSB) in Alor Setar and Hospital Sultan Abdul Halim (HSAH) in Sungai Petani, need these containers as the hospitals’ morgues are always full.

Kedah reported 1,281 Covid-19 cases and 12 deaths today, compared to 1,212 cases and 17 deaths on Thursday (July 29).

Othman also said the bed capacity in all Kedah hospitals have reached 95%.

“Not all of them (patients) treated in ICU require breathing assistance, and the breathing ventilators are currently sufficient.

“We give priority to category 4 and 5 patients to get treatment at hospitals while those in categories 1 to 3 are sent to PKRCs (integrated quarantine and treatment centres),” he added. - FMT

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