Hospital visitors to get lodging facilities next month

Timely upgrade: The state government plans to build a new health clinic at Jalan Sultan Yussuf, replacing the current one at Jalan Bijih Timah.

LODGING facilities for visitors to the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital in Ipoh would be available in May this year.

Perak Health Committee chairman Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon (BN-Chenderiang) said the Anjung Kaseh lodging facility at the hospital was for visitors who are not from Ipoh, allowing them to stay within the premises to be nearer to family members who are hospitalised.

“There will be 19 rooms and 35 beds available. There will be no charges for visitors to stay there.

“This is a joint effort between the hospital and Yayasan Kebajikan Negara,” he said during his winding-up speech.

Dr Mah also said a new health clinic will be built at Jalan Sultan Yussuf in Ipoh, replacing the old one on Jalan Bijih Timah.

He said the state has identified a new premises for the clinic and is now awaiting approval from the Health Ministry and the local government.

“The new premises will be used as the health clinic in the Old Town part of Ipoh,” he said.

“It is about 150m away from the current clinic. We hope the new clinic will be approved soon,” he said in reply to the matter raised by Nga Kor Ming (DAP-Kepayang), who claimed the state was closing the clinic.

Dr Mah said the new premises would be more spacious and could house a pharmacy and a laboratory.

He said a survey conducted by the Public Works Department showed that it was no longer viable to repair or refurbish the current clinic.

“The state has also taken into consideration the surrounding clinics that are found within the city,” he said

“There is the maternal and child health clinic near The Store supermarket and a 1Malaysia Clinic inside the Urban Transformation Centre,” he added.

On the development of the Buntong crematorium at Jalan Madrasah, Dr Mah said it was already approved in principle on June 26 last year.

“The Environment Department has also given its approval to have the crematorium built at the cemetery in Buntong, provided it meets with several criteria, including the construction of two chimneys and spray chambers.

“The Environment Department also noted that the buffer zone between the crematorium and the nearest residential unit could be reduced, as long as the technology involved would have minimum effect on the environment and the residents,” he said, adding that construction work on the crematorium would begin upon approval by the Ipoh City Council’s One-Stop Centre.

Dr Mah said that the modern crematorium would be built at the same site where the old crematorium is situated.

On the pyrolysis or “tyre cooking” issue in the state, Dr Mah said court orders have been obtained and would be issued by hand to 15 operators in Batu Gajah to cease operations.

Of the 28 operators found in the state, he said only five were allowed to operate after upgrading their operations.

“Three operators have been warned to upgrade their operations within a specific period or face the repercussions,” he said.

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