PETALING JAYA: Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin tonight announced a major mobilisation of health facilities across the nation to combat Covid-19.
In an address to the nation, Muhyiddin said the health and defence ministries will collaborate to share facilities as preparation to receive more Covid-19 cases.
He said the collaboration will also be between private and university hospitals.
“Additionally, there are 57 public hospitals and 170 government health clinics across the country that are prepared to carry out health screenings on those who have Covid-19 symptoms,” he said.
Muhyiddin said Putrajaya has identified a hospital in each state which will specialise in the treatment of cases.
This is in addition to Hospital Sungai Buloh, which has already been designated to treat Covid-19 patients, with a capacity of 772 patients at any one time.
He said the health ministry will increase the number of hospitals that are capable of treating Covid-19 cases.
“The capabilities of laboratories to carry out Covid-19 tests have also been increased.
“This includes 22 laboratories under the health ministry and other labs under the defence and agriculture and agro-based ministries,” he said.
Muhyiddin said government gatherings, including international meetings and sports, social and religious events, have also been cancelled or postponed until April 30, depending on the situation then.
“I thank the health workers, civil servants and everyone who has been directly involved in efforts to contain the Covid-19 virus.
“I pray that the outbreak is successfully handled swiftly and that we all can live our lives with our families with a sense of security,” he said.