New blocks of clinic to open soon

TEMERLOH: Some 50,000 residents living in Mentakab town will be able to enjoy new facilities and services at the Mentakab health clinic once the new blocks are operational from early next year.

Mentakab assemblyman Datuk Chuah Boon Seong said work on the expansion project costing RM20mil had started since 2008 and is 90% completed.

He said among others, the project also include a staff quarters to provide accommodation for 26 medical staff members, including doctors on duty.

“The completion of the new buildings will enable the existing health clinic to provide additional services comprising pharmacy, dentistry and scanning services to the general public, in addition to extending the operations hours until 9pm.

“Other facilities such as outpatient treatment, mother and child clinic and a laboratory will operate as usual to cater to some 10,000 patients monthly,” he said, after paying a working visit to check the progress of the construction, accompanied by district officer Datuk Dr Sallehuddin Ishak recently.

Chuah said he would also write in to the state health department to request for the emergency unit to remain operational at the health clinic when it became fully operational next year.

He said most services and facilities at the old blocks would be shifted to the new buildings with the exception of the dentistry clinic.

“It is up to the Government to come up with development plans for the old blocks which are already over 100 years old.

“Previously, the health clinic was known as Mentakab Hospital before the completion of the Sultan Ahmad Shah Hospital Temerloh in April 2005,” he said.

Chuah said from next year, the refurbished Mentakab health clinic would serve as an alternative for patients living in Mentakab and its vicinity to seek normal treatments while major cases would be referred to the Temerloh Hospital. Besides the Temerloh Hospital, the district have seven other health clinics, four of which are located in the town centre. —By SIMON KHOO

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