KUALA LUMPUR – The Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) field hospital in Tawau, Sabah is expected to start operation next week, said Senior Minister (Security Cluster), Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
Ismail Sabri who is also Defence Minister said the ministry is mobilising to open the hospital to provide support in treating cases other than COVID-19, such as trauma and emergency surgeries as well as maternity cases and others.
“The field hospital will not admit illegal immigrants who needed treatment as announced yesterday, as they would be at the transit quarantine centre.
“If illegal immigrants are found positive, they would be brought to the hospital for treatment as usual,” he said in a virtual media conference via the Ministry of Defence Facebook Oct 11.
Ismail Sabri was recently reported as saying the field hospital has a capacity of 100 beds for various wards with the strength of eight medical officers and 54 others of various ranks comprising one commander, five medical specialists, three doctors as well as other personnel.
The matter was implemented on the need to provide more medical facilities to handle the situation in Sabah following a projected increase of COVID-19 positive cases in the state.