Armed forces set up field hospi­tal

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

JO­HOR BAHRU: Work to set up a field hospi­tal in the com­pound of the Sul­tanah Ami­nah Hospi­tal (HSA) by the Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM) is pro­ceed­ing smoothly.

It is ex­pected to be opened at 8am to­day and will op­er­ate on a 24hour ba­sis for two weeks, fo­cus­ing on emer­gency cases.

The field hospi­tal can treat 60 to 70 pa­tients and per­form five to six surg­eries a day.

The fa­cil­ity com­prises five units of ATM’s field hospi­tal mod­ules which oc­cupy 244sq m of space.

ATM Health Ser­vices Di­vi­sion direc­tor-gen­eral Lt-Jen Datuk Dr Abd Razak Md Yusuff, at a me­dia con­fer­ence on Satur­day, said ATM could ex­tend the service de­pend­ing on HSA’s needs.

ATM, he said, will also sta­tion 20 to 30 of­fi­cers and men to as­sist HSA doc­tors in han­dling the field hospi­tal fa­cil­ity in terms of main­te­nance and se­cu­rity.

“The Health Min­istry has asked us to help op­er­a­tions at HSA after its oper­at­ing the­atre and emer­gency unit were tem­po­rar­ily closed.

“ATM will co­op­er­ate with spe­cial­ists from HSA to pro­vide an ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion plan in­volv­ing treat­ment and surgery,” he said.

On Tuesday, the In­ten­sive Care Unit on the sec­ond floor of the main build­ing caught fire, killing six pa­tients.

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