NST: MoH plans to open two more PKRCs in Klang Valley

KUALA LUMPUR: The Health Ministry will open two more Covid-19 Low-Risk Quarantine and Treatment Centres (PKRCs) in the Klang Valley if positive cases continue to surge.

Deputy Health Minister Datuk Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali said the proposed PKRCs will be located at Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Dengkil in Selangor and Grand Season Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, which ceased operations last year.

"The UiTM PKRC will be able to house 1,200 beds. This will certainly help to offload the main PKRC and also hospitals where bed utilisation is definitely at a critical level," he said.

Dr Noor Azmi said this when appearing as a guest on "The Nation" programme entitled "Malaysia and the Covid-19 Battle", broadcast live via Bernama TV today.

He said the ministry also dedicated PKRCs for foreigners at private hotels such as Royale Chulan Hotel Kuala Lumpur and a resort in Bangi, and they have to foot the bill.

Dr Noor Azmi said the ministry is also increasing the capacity for Kuala Lumpur Hospital, Tengku Ampuan Rahimah hospital in Klang, Selayang Hospital and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia's Specialist Children's Hospital to cope with the rise of positive cases, especially for categories four and five.

On the Public-Private Partnership Covid-19 Industry Immunisation Programme (PIKAS), he said the ministry is expecting more companies to join to ramp up vaccinations, which can reduce the number of cases and severity of infections, in view that there are many worksite clusters. – BERNAMA

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