Boost for medical tourism

Children waving the Jalur Gemilang during a cake-cutting ceremony at the celebration.

ISKANDAR PUTERI: In an effort to promote Johor as a medical tourism destination especially for Indonesian visitors, KPJ Puteri Specialist Hospital is setting up a patient referral centre in Batam next month.

Its chief executive officer Haliza Khalid said the hospital received an average of 500 patients from Indonesia every month.

“In order to cater to our patients from Indonesia better, we will be opening a KPJ southern-based Patient Referral Office in Batam next month.

“We expect a high number of Indonesian patients at the five KPJ specialist hospitals in Johor with the opening of the referral office,” she said when met at the hospital’s National Day celebration at Hello Kitty Theme Park.

“This celebration is to show our love for the country as well as appreciation for our multi-ethnic staff at the hospital,” she said.

The programme, with a cake-cutting ceremony as the main event, was also held to celebrate the hospital’s 25th anniversary.

A Merdeka-themed best dress competition was held to boost the spirit of patriotism.

“In line with the theme ‘Sayangi Malaysiaku’ (Love Our Malaysia) this year, we also held a recycling project to build a giant Jalur Gemilang to show our love for the nation and the environment, she said, adding that some 500 recycled plastic bottles were used to make the flag.

“Through this project, we also want to create more awareness on environment conservation,” she said.

Haliza said the hospital distributed the Jalur Gemilang to some 60 Indonesian tourists travelling to Puteri Harbour International Ferry Terminal, as well as healthy breakfast packs as part of the National Day celebration.

“We want to show that visitors are welcome here and that Malaysia is a friendly country to visit,” she added.

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