Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam
KAJANG: The Kajang Hospital will receive a federal Government allocation of RM10mil as a “short term measure” to upgrade its facilities.
In announcing the allocation here on Sunday, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said the Government was also looking at constructing a completely new facility, at a cost of over RM800mil, in a nearby location to replace the current hospital building.
“One of the requests raised was for the hospital to be transferred and to have a new building constructed, but this will cost between RM800mil and RM1bil.
“However, I will raise this matter with the Finance Ministry and to the Economic Planning Unit. If approved, the earliest we can build the hospital will be in about four to five years,” he told a press conference after a meeting with hospital staff and specialists.
Dr Subramaniam, however, stressed that the announcement had nothing to do with the March 23 by-election in Kajang.
The allocation, he said, was for the hospital to reduce congestion in its emergency ward, buy better equipment and improve it’s wiring system.
On another matter, Dr Subramaniam said the Selangor Goverment was not committed to fighting the outbreak of dengue in the state.
“The problem is, we (the Federal Government) have to do the work not done by the Selangor Government.
“Whenever we have meetings, they only send lower-ranking officers instead of those who have the authority to implement measures.
“The local authorities and all the resources are under their purview, and if they used this optimally, they could do a lot more,” he said adding that 60% of the dengue cases in the country were in Selangor.