YIPP chairman Datuk Mansor Othman said construction of the 200-bed hospital on a one hectare site would begin after its groundbreaking ceremony on Sunday.He said the 14-storey hospital would have specialists in the fields of pediatrics, gynecology, surgery and cardiology, and would be equipped with a seven-storey car park, with 600 bays.
It is set to be the first syariah-compliant hospital in the northern region of Peninsular Malaysia, and is expected to begin operations in early 2020, he said.
“The An-Nur Specialist Hospital in Selangor has been chosen as HIPP’s operator, while its developer, a listed company, will be announced on Sunday,” he told Bernama in George Town on Thursday.
Mansor said the project was approved by the Health Ministry, certified by the Standards and Industrial Research Institute of Malaysia (SIRIM) and accredited with MS1900: 2014 based on the syariah system.
“HIPP will implement the Islamic medical practice, with the men’s wards separated from the women’s, while the staff dress code will abide by Islamic rules,” he said.
He said the hospital would cater to rising demand for healthcare services from local residents, as well as foreigners flocking to Penang for medical treatment.
“The Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council found that the country generated more than RM950mil from healthcare tourism last year and 60% of health tourists have chosen Penang which has gained fame as a medical-tourism destination,” he said.The hospital will cater not only to Muslims, but also non-Muslims who are seeking affordable medical treatment, he said, adding that it would offer 20 beds for waqf (Islamic endowment) to the needy, whose bills would be borne by HIPP as its commitment to the poor.
“Upon its completion in three years’ time, the hospital will create nearly 1,000 jobs in various fields,” he said.
The groundbreaking ceremony is expected to be officiated by Penang Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas. - Bernama
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