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KOTA BHARU, May 7 -- The special COVID-19 Quarantine and Low-Risk Treatment Centre (PKRC) at Gelanggang Seni here, which will be operational on Monday, is equipped with clinical beds, cardiac monitors and portable oxygen supply, the first of its kind in the country.
Kelantan PKRC director Dr Mohd Azman Yacob said the eighth PKRC in the state could accommodate 130 category one and two patients or patients with early COVID-19 complications.
“The PKRC have 50 double-decker beds for female patients with 30 clinical beds (for both men and women) and will be the bridge between patients and the Raja Perempuan Zainab II Hospital (HPRZ II).
“It will place young and old patients who require special treatment. However, those who need further treatment will be transferred immediately to HRPZ II, which is located only 1.5 kilometres away,” he told reporters after inspecting the preparation of the centre here, today.
He said all the special equipment at the PKRC was to facilitate the staff in handling critical cases, especially involving patients aged 60 to 70.
Meanwhile, Dr Mohd Azman said ahead of the Aidilfitri celebration, the Kelantan Health Department personnel were facing a new challenge when some positive patients refused to go to PKRC or hospital because they want to celebrate Hari Raya with their families.
“I don't have the figure, but it did happen. The staff at the District Health Office had to persuade (them) because many did not want to come as they wanted to celebrate Raya,” he said.
Dr Mohd Azman explained that actions could be taken under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 (Act 342) if a patient refuses to come to PKRC or hospital for treatment.
Kelantan recorded 326 new COVID-19 cases yesterday, with 38 active clusters.
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