New field hospital for Covid patients

Dr Sim (fourth left) and Dr Mohamed Sapian (third right, front row) inspecting the new field hospital.

KUCHING: A new field hospital to treat Covid-19 patients has been set up at the compound of Sarawak General Hospital (SGH).

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said the setting up of the Covid-19 Accident and Emergency (A&E) field hospital, which took six days to complete, was sponsored by Mercy Malaysia.

“This will be able to allow better separation of Covid-19 patients and non-Covid-19 patients in SGH.

“(It has) much improved facility with a bigger capacity of up to 60 patients and (equipped with) oxygen support rather than just using the corridor outside of the A&E block of SGH,” he said in a Facebook post yesterday (Sept 13).

He added that the Sarawak government will also help the State Health Department (JKNS) and SGH for essential basic medical equipment funding if needed.

“Also, I am amazed by the innovation as the field hospital was put up by a local contractor who normally does set ups for events.

“They have put their skills, which have been dormant, into good use.

“In Sarawak, we can do it. And together we shall overcome Covid-19,” he said.

Last Sunday (Sept 12), Dr Sim together with JKNS director Datuk Dr Mohamed Sapian Mohamed, the acting director of SGH as well as A&E medical specialists visited the new field hospital.