KUALA LUMPUR: The situation at the COVID-19 quarantine centre in Serdang, Selangor, is more and more difficult with the rise in admission of Category 3 sufferers, mentioned the Selangor Health Department in response to complaints of poor circumstances.
Category 3 sufferers are those that are symptomatic and are affected by lung infections, in accordance to the web site of the Ministry of Health.
The Low-Risk COVID-19 Quarantine and Treatment Centre (PKRC) at Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang (MAEPS) solely had 60 beds for Category 3 sufferers in early January, however is now housing 757 of them, the state well being department mentioned in a Facebook submit on Sunday (May 16).
“We are planning to increase this capacity to 1,000 beds to support the healthcare system in Klang Valley in line with the recent increase of COVID-19 patients,” it said.
“The situation at the MAEPS PKRC has turn into more and more difficult with the admission of extra Category 3 sufferers.”
The assertion adopted complaints of poor affected person administration and less-than-desirable circumstances at the quarantine centre from a affected person named Syed Mohamed Arif Syed Abdul Rahim, who described the expertise as “horrible” on Twitter after being despatched there on Sunday.
“The place was a converted parking spot and double-decker beds were placed there,” the financial officer mentioned, including that the registration at the quarantine centre took two hours.
He added that lots of the sufferers had not had something to eat since 8.30am, and residents weren’t separated from foreigners whereas lining up to get their identification tags at evening.
He additionally shared that the mattress he was assigned to was already occupied and he was requested to discover an empty mattress. There have been no mattress sheet, blanket and pillow.
For showers, he had to use a bathroom with a handheld bidet.
“All in all someone could develop mental health problems here because of the environment. There is no supervision, no proper ventilation and no air-conditioning,” he informed CNA when contacted.
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Mr Syed Mohamed Arif additionally claimed in his Twitter thread that among the sufferers have been asymptomatic however began to develop signs like coughing after going by means of the lengthy wait at a COVID-19 Assessment Center (CAC, a facility dealing with the evaluation of sufferers) at Malawati Stadium in Shah Alam prior to being despatched to the quarantine centre and experiencing the situation at PKRC.
He was moved to a unique corridor on Monday.
NO BED SHEETS, CLOGGED TOILETS
Selangor has been topping the chart of COVID-19 circumstances in Malaysia, the place a nationwide motion management order (MCO) has been reinstated from May 12 to Jun 7. On Monday, 1,650 out of the 4,446 new circumstances have been recorded in Selangor, whereas the nationwide tally stood at 474,556.
MAEPS PRKC operated from Apr 16 to Jul 15 final 12 months, in accordance to native media experiences quoting Senior Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob. It was reactivated in December following a spike in circumstances amongst overseas staff.
Another affected person, Ms Swarna Chokanathan, had comparable experiences when she was despatched there by an ambulance two days after she examined constructive again in April.
She waited for 5 hours earlier than she was assigned her mattress. The corridor she was positioned at had no air-conditioning at first when she arrived and the beds didn’t have mattress sheets, she added.
“When I asked them for bed sheets, they just said no more and asked me to sleep without sheets,” she told CNA.
Besides that, the 27-year old said the hall was extremely cold at night and that the toilets were frequently clogged.
“The following day I was not given my breakfast despite requesting for it three times over. Then came lunch time I still did not get food until I made a fuss,” she mentioned.
Ms Swarna, who spent seven days at the quarantine centre, nonetheless, shared that she was grateful for vegetarian meals being made accessible.
In its Sunday assertion, the Selangor Health Department defined that Category 3 sufferers have been stationed nearer to the non permanent Intensive Care Unit (ICU) to guarantee extra thorough monitoring, whereas sufferers of Category 1 and a couple of who have been secure have been put in one of many halls.
The administration would strive its finest to separate residents and foreigners within the corridor, it added.
“The MAEPS PKRC also welcomes the highlighting of the admission issue by a complainant and will re-evaluate and carry out the necessary improvement from time to time,” mentioned the assertion.
CAPACITY AT MAEPS CAN BE INCREASED TO 10,000: MINISTER
In a press convention on Monday, Health Minister Adham Baba mentioned MAEPS at the moment has 4,000 beds for Category 1 and a couple of sufferers and 1,000 beds for Category 3 sufferers.
“We can increase the capacity in MAEPS to up to 10,000 patients.
“We are also working on increasing the number of officials working in MAEPS,” he mentioned, including that for Category 4 and 5 sufferers would nonetheless be handled at private and non-private hospitals.
The minister was earlier quoted by native media that the ministry was prepared to open extra PKRC nationwide.
“Based on our experience from the second wave, we can give assurance that we will be able to immediately reactivate the quarantine centres that were closed before this,” he mentioned.
He mentioned that there have been 12,926 beds within the 98 quarantine centres at the moment energetic nationwide and added that almost all of sufferers have been from Selangor, with 3,467 sufferers in two quarantine centres.
Dr Adham added that the nation has 136 quarantine centres with a capability of 26,671 beds.