Field hospitals are needed where local facilities are scarce

Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian

KUCHING: The setting up of a field hospital in Kapit will help relieve the local hospital in terms of manpower and facilities.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said the state government will work closely with the relevant federal agencies to get the field hospital up and running.

“Thank you very much to the army and the Health Ministry for acting fast following our discussion last Friday. 

“I was made to understand that they will be getting the hospital running in the next few days. It will greatly help free the facilities and manpower at Kapit Hospital,” he said in a Facebook post on Tuesday (May 4).

Dr Sim said field hospitals are helpful where local healthcare facilities are in danger of being overwhelmed.

On Tuesday, a team from the Royal Medical Corps was deployed to Kapit to set up a field hospital at Dewan Masyarakat Melayu, about 5km from Kapit Hospital.

The First Infantry Division, pointed out that day that Kapit Hospital had limited capacity, raising concerns given the increase in Covid-19 cases in the district.

“A recce team is already in Kapit to coordinate with local authorities to work out the movements of personnel and medical assets.”