Kuala Lumpur hospital moves COVID-19 patients to parking lot

Hospital beds on stand by at the Tuanku Mizan Armed Forces Hospital in Wangsa Maju, Kuala Lumpur on Friday. Angkatan Tentera Malaysia/Facebook.
Hospital beds on stand by at the Tuanku Mizan Armed Forces Hospital in Wangsa Maju, Kuala Lumpur on Friday. Angkatan Tentera Malaysia/Facebook.

Fifty COVID-19 patients have been moved to the parking lot of the Tuanku Mizan Armed Forces Hospital in Kuala Lumpur to make way for those being transferred from the overloaded Klang General Hospital.

The parking lot of the KL hospital, also known as HATTM, has been designated as the disaster management zone since Saturday. According to infection control unit chief Syarifah Azlin Juliana Syed Zainal, more patients from Klang are expected to be admitted to the 150-bed makeshift ward at the ground floor parking space from tomorrow. 

“Most of the patients were transferred from Hospital Tengku Ampuan Rahimah in Klang as directed by the health ministry and they were sent in stages,” she said today after receiving industrial fans that were donated by the  Pertubuhan Sukarelawan Jalinan Nasional.

The 50 patients who were moved comprised those in categories 5 and 4, which means that they are critically ill. Those coming from Klang were said to be in category 3. 

Syarifah said six patients were in the intensive care unit. Another 17 ICU beds were expected to be set up. 

The disaster management zone was set up to cater to the growing need to treat patients under categories four and five in the Klang Valley, Chief of Defence Force Affendi Buang said on Saturday.

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