Private hospitals running out of beds for Covid-19 patients

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Private hospitals are running out of beds for Covid-19 patients following a spike in infections, said the Association of Private Hospitals Malaysia (APHM).

APHM president Dr Kuljit Singh said the public should take this shortage seriously and help stop the spread of the virus to avoid a healthcare shutdown.

“In the last 14 days, there has been a steep acceleration of Covid-19 patients in private hospitals occupying all the designated beds in the Covid-19 wards with even the isolated ICU beds filled up.

“Recently, most private hospitals are not able to accept any more Covid-19 patients, particularly in the Klang Valley.

“The biggest fear would be if we face a healthcare shutdown because of non-availability of beds and oxygen treatment for our citizens,” he said in a statement this morning.

Daily Covid-19 numbers yesterday breached the 3,000 cases mark.  The figure had been exceeding the 2,000 mark daily since April 15.

Kuljit said government facilities in the Klang Valley and Johor were also struggling with a rise in Covid-19 patients.

As such, the APHM suggested the government move non-Covid-19 patients to private hospitals “at the agreed cost which was accepted last year to be funded fully by the government”. – Malaysiakini