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Penang seek donations for new centre as severe Covid-19 cases hit 40%
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GEORGE TOWN: With 40% of Penang’s Covid-19 patients being serious cases with breathing difficulties, the state is appealing for donations to quickly set up a Covid-19 treatment and quarantine centre (PKRC).

Chief minister Chow Kon Yeow said the state health department has already turned the Caring Society Complex, which was previously used as a vaccination centre, into a PKRC to cope with the rising number of Category 4 and 5 patients.

He said the centre will have 97 beds offering oxygen treatment with work to convert the facility in Scotland Road beginning yesterday.

Chow said the required medical equipment are: resuscitation beds for critical patients (two), vital sign monitors (eight), electrocardiogram (ECG, one), ophthalmoscope otoscope diagnostic set (one), emergency trolleys (one), portable suction (one), x-ray viewing box (one), video laryngoscope (one), transport ventilators (one), manual defibrillators (one), portable suction (one), syringe pumps (20), medication cart trolley (three), water dispenser (10) and medication cabinet (one).

As for non-medical items, the state needs: camps with fans and electrical sockets (two), swab booths (two), industrial fans (10), wheelchairs (20), linen closets (two), whiteboards with wheels (four), laptop computers (10), printers (two), power extension cables (10).

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