Selangor Health Dept: Sg Buloh Hospital’s ICU bed capacity at 96pc from accomodating Klang Valley Covid-19 patients | Malaysia

A general view of Sungai Buloh Hospital January 28, 2020. - Picture by Yusof Mat Isa
A general view of Sungai Buloh Hospital January 28, 2020. – Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov. 18 – The Selangor Ministry of Health has confirmed that Sungai Buloh Hospital’s intensive care unit (ICU) capacity has hit 96 percent today at 8 a.m. before concerns of Covid-19 cases next month could rise again.

Selangor Health Director Datuk Dr. Sha’ari Ngadiman said the increase in cases was due to the hospital receiving Covid-19 cases from other hospitals in Klang Valley.

“This hospital is a full Covid-19 hospital and a Covid-19 referral hospital for all hospitals not only in the state of Selangor but also in the Klang Valley.

“This is why the Sungai Buloh Hospital intensive care unit is also receiving Covid-19 cases from other hospitals so that other hospitals’ intensive care units can be used to meet more non-Covid-19 case needs,” he said in a statement.

Dr. Sha’ari said the oxygen gas system at the National Leprosy Control Center has been upgraded as a precautionary measure to include Covid-19 cases and ease the burden on the hospital.

“In addition, Sungai Buloh Hospital will be supported by other hospitals in the Klang Valley as needed to meet its needs regarding Covid-19 cases,” he added.

Regarding the use of Selangor hospital beds, he said the number of non-critical beds in the hospital for Covid-19 patients is 1,286, with an occupancy rate of 92 percent.

Meanwhile, he also mentioned that the current number of ICU beds and converted ICUs in Selangor, including Covid-19 and non-Covid-19 patients, is 203 beds, with an 80 percent occupancy rate.

“The number of current ICU patients who are Covid-19 cases (both confirmed and suspected Covid-19 cases) is 86 cases, which is 42 percent of the ICU capacity in Selangor state.

“The rest are non-Covid-19 cases,” he said.

Yesterday Malaysia had 6,266 cases while Selangor topped the list with the highest case count by state at 1,606.

Until yesterday, Selangor had 86 active Covid-19 patients in intensive care units, which corresponds to a bed occupancy rate of 86.9 percent for Covid-19 cases and 80.3 percent for non-Covid cases.

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