New private hospital a boost for healthcare

(From second right) Datuk Yahya Hussin, Yang Dipertua Sabah Tun Juhar Mahiruddin and Toh Puan Norlidah RM Jasni (left) visiting a patient at the KPJ hospital.

KOTA KINABALU: The opening of the new Kumpulan Pakar Johor Specialist Hospital ((KPJ) here is set to boost healthcare in the state.

Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman said KPJ, a private medical centre, would allow for more healthcare choices for the locals as well as tourists in view of the growing concerns and focus given towards the subject.

“The increase of chronic diseases such as cancer and heart problems in the country is worrying and although government hospitals are still the main choice among the people, it is good to know that there are more private hospitals being set up,” he said.

He said this during the grand opening of the KPJ Sabah here on Tuesday. His speech was read by Agriculture and Food Industries Minister Datuk Yahya Hussin.

Musa said the improvement in Sabah’s healthcare system would also boost investments as tourists and foreigners would come and seek treatment here compared to going elsewhere where the costs are much higher.

Meanwhile, KPJ Healthcare Berhad managing director and president Datuk Amiruddin Abdul Satar said KPJ Sabah achieved a new milestone in the healthcare system by being the first private hospital to provide Haematology, Vitro-retinal surgery, gynae-oncology, non-invasive Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) treatment, radiotherapy and oncology services in the state.

He said these services would complement the existing healthcare in Sabah and at the same time allow patients to get their treatment locally instead of going overseas.

In this respect, vice-president (I) Abdol Wahab Baba said the management was working closely with TalentCorp Malaysia – an agency which helps employers get the employees or talents needed, to get Malaysian specialists overseas to come back and work here.

“We lack medical consultants and specialists therefore we need all the help we can get from the government to allow for specialists from West Malaysia and even overseas to come here,” he said.

He explained that for KPJ, they have also managed to bring back some specialists but there was still much to be done as many of those who have practised overseas would need a lot of convincing and incentives to come back to Malaysia.

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