PENANG Health Committee chairman Dr Afif Bahardin has called for the Kepala Batas Hospital to be upgraded to a specialist hospital.
With five main wards including a maternity ward, a paediatric ward, an intensive care unit and four operating theaters, he said such facilities would qualify the hospital for a specialist status.
“It’s time to get some specialist doctors here in order to upgrade it to be a specialist hospital,” Dr Afif told reporters after visiting the hospital here recently.
He added that if Kepala Batas Hospital becomes a specialist centre, it would benefit residents in Kepala Batas and Seberang Prai and also ease the congestion at the Seberang Jaya Hospital.
Dr Afif also welcomed the decision to relocate the outpatient department of the Penang Hospital to a nearby building in Jalan Sepoy Lines.
“I hope it will be finalised as soon as possible in order to ease the congestion problem faced by the hospital.
“Currently, the Penang Hospital serves about 1,000 patients daily,” he said.
On May 9, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said the ministry planned to relocate the outpatient department to a building, which belonged to the state government, to resolve the congestion problem.
However, no decision was finalised and the relocation is expected to be carried out by end this year.