The Association of Private Hospitals of Malaysia (APHM) has offered the use of 51 ventilators to the health ministry to help combat Covid-19.
It also said it will be accepting non-Covid-19 cases from government hospitals.
In a statement today, APHM president Dr Kuljit Singh said discussions on taking in non-Covid-19 cases were in the final stages.
He said the association’s members were cancelling elective procedures and reducing non-urgent consultation.
“Some private hospitals have started Covid-19 screening as walk-ins and drive-ins,” he said.
Previously, Kuljit told FMT that private hospitals were ready to help the ministry in its fight against Covid-19.
“At any time, in any state, the state health director can just call private hospitals if they need to borrow or rent equipment. We are willing to help,” he said then.
A total of 1,624 people have tested positive for Covid-19 with 16 deaths recorded so far.
Sixty-four patients are also being treated in the intensive care unit (ICU), with 27 cases needing respiratory assistance. - FMT