‘Healthcare development projects on schedule’

AN ambulatory daily treatment centre is being built at Sultanah Aminah Hospital (HSA) in Johor Baru.State health and environment committee chairman R. Vidyananthan said construction for the project, approved under the 12th Malaysian Plan (12MP), had started when delivering his winding-up speech.

“The treatment centre will help reduce congestion at HSA’s ward for patients who need to undergo surgeries or elective procedures.

“An additional building is also being constructed at Segamat Hospital and is expected to be completed by the year end.

“The building will have an intensive care unit (ICU) ward and operating theatres,” he said.

He said 93 short-term improvements and upgrading projects for healthcare facilities in Johor were listed under Johor Health Department’s allocation.

This includes 26 projects comprising medical facilities, four for dentistry, one pharmacy, 60 public health projects and two management projects.

Vidyananthan informed that repair work on HSA’s ICU ward, which caught fire in 2016, was completed.

“Repair works on the ICU ward have been completed.

“It is now being used as a general operation ward, has 20 beds and has been operating since September 2020. “RM984,060 was spent to redo the ICU ward after the fire,” he said.

On another matter, Vidyananthan said the construction of Pasir Gudang Hospital was ahead of schedule.“As at Nov 15, about 16.12% of the hospital’s development is completed.

“This is higher than the stipulated time of 10.5% according to the time schedule,” he said, adding that the project’s completion was expected in November 2024.

On Covid-19 booster shots, Vidyananthan said a majority of vaccine recipients in Johor did not qualify for them.

“More than 70% of fully vaccinated individuals in Johor are Comirnaty vaccine recipients and they can only get booster shots six months after receiving their second dose.

“However, the percentage of people taking the booster shots has been increasing.

“Based on MySejahtera, more people have gotten their booster shot appointment in recent weeks,” he said, adding that a total of 97,138 people in Johor received their booster shots as at Nov 23.

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