PUTRAJAYA – Director-General of Health Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah denies that the medical supplies in Sabah is at a critical stage.
On the contrary, he said that the capacity of equipment including Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), beds and respiratory support system in the hospitals are sufficient.
He added, the ministry always monitor all hospitals in Sabah to ensure that they do not experience the shortage of supplies.
“We are still monitoring the development and stocks for PPE in Sabah. At this moment, we can still last for 29 days but there are PPE that we can last for 97 days. We also receive a lot of PPE contributions from the Sabah state government and NGO.
“We monitor the hospitals every day. At this moment, we have 28 quarantine and low risk treatment centres in Sabah. A total of 8,539 beds, 1,111 beds in the hospitals, 7,428 beds in quarantine and low risk treatment centres. We have 149 ICU beds and the current usage is only 60 percent.
“We have 130 ICU beds specialised for Covid-19 patients and the usage of ventilators 163, only 27 percent are used.
“Therefore, we still have a lot of capacity. The allegation is not true. Those who said that we do not have enough of medical equipment, perhaps, they do not go to the field to monitor our beds,” he said in a news conference at the Ministry of Health today.
Earlier, Dr Noor Hisham said that the MOH’s preparedness in facing the third Covid-19 wave is better despite the high challenges they face in Sabah.
“For instance, the various allegations on the shortage of beds, if we look into the discharge case today in Sabah, it has increased,” he added. –MalaysiaGazette