Melaka Hospital relocates emergency dept as Covid-19 cases pile on

Melaka Hospital relocates emergency dept as Covid-19 cases pile on

The operations of the Melaka Hospital Emergency and Trauma Department’s green zone will be temporarily moved to the Peringgit health clinic from tomorrow.

State health and anti-drug committee chairman Rahmad Mariman said the move was necessary following an increase in Covid-19 patient arrivals that has caused congestion at the emergency department.

“This congestion has caused inconvenience and delays in access to emergency care for patients of mild and non-critical cases,” he said in a statement here today.

He said following this temporary move, the Peringgit health clinic, which is 1.5km from the hospital, would operate 24 hours daily.

Rahmad also said that 16 community clinics which recorded an average daily attendance of fewer than 40 patients in three districts in Melaka, would be temporarily closed, effective tomorrow until a date to be announced later.

“The decision was made to improve human resource management at public health facilities in the state.

“This includes the mobilisation of staff from community clinics to Covid-19 assessment, vaccination, screening, and low-risk quarantine and treatment centres.

“However, the closure does not involve the Batang Melaka community clinic in the Jasin district because it is currently receiving an average of more than 100 patients daily,” he said.

Following the temporary closure, Rahmad said community clinic services will be provided at nearby health clinics. - FMT