Armed forces set up field hospital
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.