The rising trend of COVID-19 cases in Malaysia has our frontliners stepping up to fight the pandemic once again
Malaysia recorded a whopping 871 new cases yesterday, 18 October, the highest number of daily COVID-19 cases to be reported in a single day since the outbreak began.
Out of the total, 702 cases were recorded in Sabah alone and the Ministry of Health (MOH) has been deploying more medical and health personnel to the state to keep up with the rising number.
Sabah's state division of the National Security Council (MKN) wants to remind the public that there is a group of dedicated frontliners hard at work behind the daily numbers
"[These are] heroes that don't get tired fighting for our beloved country," it wrote in a Facebook post that has gone viral with over 4,500 shares.
"Keep our frontliners in prayer so that they have the strength to face this third wave."
As of Saturday, 17 October, MOH has deployed a total of 767 medical personnel over to Tawau, Lahad Datu, Semporna, Sandakan, and Kota Kinabalu to fight the pandemic.
According to Bernama, the ministry has also received another 4,794 applications from individual volunteers and volunteers from non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to ensure the continuity of services and treatment of both non-COVID-19 and COVID-19 cases at the front lines across the country.
Meanwhile, in Kedah, the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) has set up a makeshift treatment centre in Pokok Sena Prison to cope with the surge of cases
In a statement released by MAF, the Second Infantry Division headquarters said that Team B Komp 2 (Medication) was mobilised to assist the Kedah Health Department provide treatment to inmates with the COVID-19 infection.
According to Malay Mail, COVID-19 cases in Pokok Sena Prison was part of the 1,571 cases under Tembok cluster, the largest active cluster in Malaysia, as of writing.
"B Komp 2 Medic has mobilised logistics assets, namely tents that will be used as Intensive Care Unit (ICU) wards, disinfection centres, donning and doffing stations, clinical waste management tents, laboratories, operating rooms and shower systems for staff, and generator sets," the statement said.
Two medical officers, five paramedics, and two other team members will always be stationed at the facility that can accommodate up to 250 patients, including from other prisons in the state, and will begin operation on Tuesday, 20 October.
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