The Malaysia Ministry of Health converted MAEPS into a temporary COVID-19 hospital in just three days, to prepare for the anticipated third wave of cases.
Take a look inside the newly-converted 600-bed MAEPS COVID-19 hospital!
MAEPS Converted Into 600-Bed COVID-19 Hospital
On 28 March 2020, the Director General of Health Datuk Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah confirmed that MAEPS was being converted into a temporary COVID-19 hospital.
The conversion, which lasted 3 days, was part of their preparation for the anticipated third wave of cases in April.
The newly-completed 600-bed MAEPS COVID-19 hospital will be use to treat and quarantine low-risk (asymptomatic and mildly symptomatic) COVID-19 patients.
“Let us prepare for the worst and hope for the best. It’s better to over-prepared than under-prepared, so we will use this as a model for how to utilise an indoor stadium in case we need it.
“The reason is, now we are seeing 150 to 200 cases a day. But if the surge is 1,000 cases per day, then we need to look for beds.”
MAEPS or Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang is a large exhibition venue located on 130 hectares of land belonging to MARDI, the Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute.
MAEPS COVID-19 Hospital Tour
On 30 March 2020, the Malaysian Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin visited the newly-completed MAEPS COVID-19 hospital.
And here are some earlier photos showing the MAEPS COVID-19 hospital being set-up :here is a great look at the layout of this temporary COVID-19 hospital being set up in MAEPS.
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