Medical school: Muhyiddin and Noorainee (in peach baju kurung) visiting some pupils at the Selayang Hospital.
KUALA LUMPUR: Pupils who have enrolled in the School in Hospital (SDH) programme are more cheerful and have a faster recovery process during medical treatments, says Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
He said the findings were based on a study carried out by the Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Hospital in Temerloh last year.
“Most pupils in the programme said their pain level was reduced,” he said at the launch of the second and third phases of the SDH at the Selayang Hospital yesterday.
The SDH programme, which started in July 2011, aims to help students receive their education while recuperating in hospitals. Ten hospitals are currently participating in the programme.
“The fun-learning approach used in the teaching and learning process in the SDH, together with the relaxed and enjoyable learning environment, has had a positive effect on these child patients’ recovery process,” he said.
He also expressed happiness that many of the schoolchildren could smile and join the normal classroom activities at the hospitals as if they were in an actual school.
Muhyiddin, who is Education Minister, said 40,568 child patients had benefited from the SDH programme at the 10 hospitals.
“Another three SDH under Phase Four will soon follow suit in Negri Sembilan, Sabah and Sarawak, and are expected to start operations before December this year,” he said.
Muhyiddin also announced that the Kota Baru Institute of Teacher Education (IPG) had been chosen as the training centre for teachers involved in the SDH project.
The SDH initiative was mooted by Muhyiddin’s wife Puan Sri Noorainee Abdul Rahman, who is also the programme’s patron.