Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) organised a workshop to discuss the licensing of confinement centres in the city earlier this month.
It was held due to the rapid growth of such centres in Petaling Jaya to cater to demand for confinement or postnatal care services.
Based on a random search, there are at least 10 premises offering such services in the city.
They are usually located in housing or industrial areas.
MBPJ said in a statement that it was making an effort to put in place guidelines for confinement centres because the council was concerned about the safety of mothers and their babies.
As such, the council said it needed to ascertain the jurisdiction and agency responsible for such matters.
MBPJ said this was important to ensure the power used to license confinement centres was in line with the type of services carried out.
The council said it was also for the purpose of having clearer outlines regarding the responsibilities of the council’s relevant technical departments and external agencies.
Besides operators and representatives of confinement centres, the workshop was also attended by representatives from the Housing and Local Government Ministry, Women, Family and Community Development Ministry as well as the Welfare Department.
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