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Likas covid centre ready Monday, SICC also mulled
Published on: Thursday, April 23, 2020
By: Hayati Dzulkifli
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Likas covid centre ready Monday, SICC also mulled
Shafie (second left) at one of the cubicles in Likas Sport Complex while Dr Christina (right) briefs him on the facilities.
Kota Kinabalu: A hall at the Likas Sport Complex, which is being converted into a Sabah Covid-19 Quarantine Centre, will be in operational next Monday, said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal.

He said renovation works started on April 17 which is an extension of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in handling the Covid-19 patients who would be monitored and treated for two to three weeks.

“Turning the hall into a centre to handle the Covid-19 patients is a preventive measures taken by the State Government to address Covid-19 cases.

“It has a capacity to cater 172 patients and the premises is equipped with toilets, central air-conditioning and resting stations for nurses and doctors, among others,” he said.

Shafie said this after inspecting the facility in terms of their beds, basic amenities for the patients and healthcare staff as well as ensuring their needs are attended to because the doctors and nurses might not able to return home for fear of infecting family members.

He said the State Government is always ready to face possible rise of Covid-19 cases after the Movement Control Order ends as the people will certainly return to their normal life and many business premises begin to operate again. In the light of this, there is need for the State to be prepared.

Apart from the hall at Likas Sport Complex Centre, Shafie said the Sabah International Convention Centre (SICC) has also been identified as a potential quarantine centre

He said the convention hall in SICC that has vast area could also be modified to be another centre to place and treat the Covid-19 patients when the need arises.

“We need to learn from other countries where the number of positive Covid-19 cases in those countries have risen when their MCO ended.

“Hence, we cannot be complacent and this prompted the State government to decide on only certain sectors to be opened based on demand and situation,” he said.

Also present were Health and People’s Wellbeing Minister Datuk Frankie Poon, Youth and Sport Minister Phoong Jin Zhe, State Secretary Datuk Safar Untong, Kota KInabalu MP Chan Foong Hin, Sabah Health Department director Datuk Dr Christina Rundi, and other senior officials.


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