VISITORS to the 14th Mile Health Clinic in Puchong, Selangor can now breathe a little easier with new free parking bays available for their convenience.
With the clinic being one of the busiest government health facilities in the country, the huge influx of vehicles to the area daily is a nightmare for many.
Selangor local government, public transportation and new village development committee chairman Ng Sze Han used his allocation of RM144,000 to convert the empty space into a parking lot.
“This clinic is like a mini hospital. It gets many patients every day.
“A lot of cars are parked illegally along the main road of Jalan Puchong, which causes traffic obstruction. They also hinder ambulances going in and out of the clinic.
“There are 45 parking bays that people can use for free, and they include those going to the morning market nearby, ” said Ng after launching the new carpark.
Also present were Subang Jaya City Council (MBSJ) Zone 17 councillor Thomas Low and Batu 14 New Village chief Wong Kim Sa.
Low said the clinic received up to about 2,000 visitors daily, and the number increased in the past several months as it was used for Covid-19 screenings.
“Visitors’ cars parked on the main street posed a danger to other road users and there had been many near-misses.
“That is why we requested Ng to convert this space to provide adequate parking for the public, ” said Low.
Wong, who has lived in the area for 50 years, thanked Ng and hoped that the added parking spaces would ease congestion there.
A clinic representative, Datuk Dr Kannan Raman, who is also the former chairman of Puchong and Selangor health clinic advisory board, said the new parking bays were a big help.
He said patients, especially the elderly, needed help when visiting the clinic and it was difficult for them to move about in this high-density area.
“Traffic is getting worse and there is no space to park within the clinic’s compound.
“The next thing is to set up a parking lot for people with disabilities too.
“I would advise people coming here in their cars to drop off the patients at the clinic first, before proceeding to park, ” he added.
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