Johor looking to improve public health service


  • Metro News
  • Tuesday, 11 Aug 2020

Vidyanathan (third from right) at the Socso customer day event at state MIC headquarters in Jalan Segget, Johor Bahru. — NUR AISYAH MAZALAN/The Star

JOHOR BARU: Johor government has requested for federal allocation under the 12th Malaysian Plan (RMK-12) to help improve public health infrastructure here.

State health and environment committee chairman R. Vidyananthan said he met with Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba in Parliament with Johor Health Department director Dr Aman Rabu and State Economic Planning Unit (UPEN) officials recently.

“We have submitted our list to the minister during our meeting and it has 10 important projects to help improve public health service in Johor.

“The state government has made its stand clear during the meeting as we want to get things done and hope that our request to have federal allocation through the RMK-12 will be approved,” he added.

Vidyananthan, who is also Kahang assemblyman and state MIC chairman, said this after attending the Social Security Organisation (Socso) customer day event at Johor MIC headquarters here.

He stressed that the project would improve public health services, accessibility and infrastructure in Johor.

“I have been visiting public hospitals and health clinics throughout the state and getting feedback, so we know what is necessary for Johor,” he said, adding that the allocation requested was in the billions.

Meanwhile, Vidyananthan said MIC would work closely with Socso to help create awareness on the various products and services the agency offered to the community.

He said not many understand how important Socso was, especially to those who lost their job or did not have the ability to work again after getting into an accident.

“Among the programmes we are looking into is a job fair to help those that lost their jobs because of the Covid-19 outbreak, find employment again.”

He said the party would also be holding a month-long survey among the Indian community to gather data for the government in their effort to help those in need due to Covid-19.

“We have the data on B40 but Covid-19 has affected all and this new data that we are gathering is important to let the government know what kind of assistance is needed,” he explained.

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