Resource sharing to aid patients


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  • Tuesday, 17 Feb 2015

Hot wheels: (From right) Ab Rahaman officiating the cluster van as Malacca state health director Dr Ghazali Othman and Dr Za’aba look on.

MALACCA: The state’s government hospitals should strengthen its “cluster” hospital concept in a bid to provide the best service for its patients, said Health and Sports Development committee chairman, Datuk Ab Rahaman Ab Karim.

He said that cluster hospitals can ensure patients receive high quality care during all stages of their treatment.

He said this can be achieved by rationalising operations of the hospitals within each cluster, so that a comprehensive and complementary range of services can be delivered to the community.

Ab Rahaman said currently a multi-function van was been used to synchronise tasks of transportations and administration among hospitals under the concept.

“The van can facilitate the transportation of patients, documents and health personnel between the three government hospitals in the state including Jasin and Alor Gajah.

“Among these measures is the concept of ‘cluster’ hospitals is the sharing of non-specialists and specialists by the hospitals,” he said after launching the van facility at the Alor Gajah Hospital, recently.

Malacca is one of three states, after Sabah and Pahang, which have been conferred the category of “cluster hospital” by the Health Ministry since 2012.

The aim of the cluster hospital is to produce an environment that is conducive and will improve services to citizens throughout the state.

Meanwhile, Malacca Hospital director Datuk Dr Za’aba Baba said the visits by specialists to Jasin and Alor Gajah Hospitals will be on a rotation basis so that patients who from rural areas would not need to go to the Malacca Hospital to seek further treatments.

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