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Monday October 15, 2012
By CHRISTINA TANmetrose@thestar.com.my
BATU PAHAT: The 118-year-old Batu Pahat Hospital (HBP) has been formally renamed in honour of Tunku Puan Nora Ismail, the consort of the third Sultan of modern Johor, Sultan Ismail.
Hospital Sultanah Nora Ismail was officiated by Nora herself at the hospital ground in Jalan Korma here recently.
She also spent time visiting the hospital’s new facilities and presented gifts to some patients.
HBP was build at Simpang Rantai in 1894 before it was relocated to Jalan Kluang in 1914, which operated till 1994.
Due to increasing population in the district, the hospital moved to its current location.
The hospital was built on
44.3ha land at RM90.47mil under Sixth Malaysia Plan and officiated by former Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek on Sept 3, 2007.
Recently, the district hospital’s new building planned under the Ninth Malaysian Plan was opened to the public.
The RM197mil new building project began in 2007 and was completed last June.
Deputy Health Minister Datuk Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin said the hospital’s, new and old blocks, have a total of 507 beds.
She said the hospital has about 30 specialists serving currently and it began with five areas of specialisation and had increased to 18 areas now.
The new six-storey new block comprises 200 beds, emergency room, operation theaters, six wards, high-dependency wad, pathology lab, blood transfusion service, satellite pharmacy and other medical-related facilities.
The hospital is well received among the locals and the bed occupancy rate is as high as 90% now, she said, adding that 89% of the posts in the hospital had been filled.
The hospital is also a referral hospital and a teaching hospital, she added.
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