PETALING JAYA – A hospital in the Klang Valley has resorted to “parking” COVID-19 patients in front of the emergency department due to a severe shortage in beds.
Neatly arranged rows of makeshift beds were sighted at the Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital (TAR) in Klang, a sober reminder of the deadly reality of a pandemic spiralling out of control.
It did not take long for the beds to be filled up with more COVID-19 patients seeking treatment as the hospital struggles to keep up with record-breaking number of cases each day.
Klang MP Charles Santiago urged the federal government to provide an immediate solution to TAR’s bed shortage.
“TAR hospital is overwhelmed with a low number of hospital beds, exhausted medical frontliners and medical equipment that is breaking down.”
“As Klang MP, I request the federal government to immediately intervene to mitigate the tragedy that is unfolding at TAR hospital,” he said.
Santiago also appealed to the government to utilise nearby budget hotels as a temporary alternative to house COVID-19 patients. He also hoped that private corporations and organisations would step forward and support the hospital by donating medical equipment.
“Let’s come together in this hour of need.”
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