Armed forces ready to deploy in fight against Covid-19 in five states, Hisham says

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) ready to support efforts to fight Covid-19 in five states with high infection rates, says Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein (Photo).

The senior minister said efforts to manage and remedy the situation in the five states – Sabah, Johor, Kedah, Penang and Kelantan – will be a priority for MAF.

“As I mentioned earlier, one of MAF’s main goals is to achieve the national virus control program.

“The MAF has sufficient infrastructure, assets and expertise and is ready to be deployed at any time,” he said at a press conference at the Defense Ministry on Thursday (September 2nd).

On Wednesday September 1, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the Health Ministry would shift its focus on Covid-19 to five states that have seen rapid increases in infections.

He said Sabah, Johor, Kedah, Penang and Kelantan would benefit from a boost in terms of vaccine supply and deployment of human resources to bring infections under control in those states.

As part of these efforts, Hishammuddin, who is also Minister of Defense, said MAF is ready to participate in various efforts, especially in building field hospitals in states identified by the Ministry of Health. .

“Field hospitals will be able to treat Covid-19 patients, especially those at stage 3 and above.

“I think MAF’s help will ease the burden on the health ministry in these states,” he added.

MAF is also ready to deploy its immunization team with the aim of boosting immunization in all five states, especially in rural areas, Hishammuddin said.

“MAF is also ready to assist in other states, including establishing immunization training.

“The military is only waiting for the confirmation of the locations of the Covid-19 Vaccination Task Force (CITF),” he said.