The Government will open three more 1Malaysia clinics in Negri Sembilan before the end of this year to allow more Malaysians, particularly those living in the suburban and rural areas have easier access to basic healthcare facilities.
The clinics will be opened in Taman Bukit Mika, Seremban; Taman Desa Melang, Kuala Pilah; and Taman Desa Puteri in Bahau.
State health director Datuk Dr Zailan Adnan said the clinic in Taman Bukit Mika will be opened next month while the ones in Kuala Pilah and Bahau will be opened before year end.
“We have already identified locations for the clinics and are now fine-tuning details before they can start operations,” she said, adding that the Health Ministry had also opened a 1Malaysia clinic in Taman Intan Perdana, Port Dickson earlier this year.
At present, Dr Zailan said there were five 1Malaysia clinics in the state which operated from 10am to 10pm daily.
The first three which were opened in 2010 were in Taman Semarak (Nilai), Seremban Jaya and Taman Rasah Jaya followed by Taman Gadong Indah (Labu) and one in Jalan Pantai, Sikamat last year.
She said the number of patients seeking treatment at these clinis were on the rise and this was testimony to its popularity.
Dr Zailan said 161,368 patients sought treatment at these clinics last year as against the 91,141 patients who did so in 2010.
She said some 66% of the patients sought treatment for respiratory related illnesses and another 5% each for skin and gastroenteritis related ailments.
“We also have a doctor stationed at the Seremban Jaya and Rasah Jaya clinics as the number of patients at these clinics can exceed 100 each day,” she said, adding that stationing doctors at the 1Malaysia clinics would be beneficial as they would be able to dispense prescribed drugs as well as issue medical certificates (MC) to patients.
Dr Zailan noted that one of the main complaints from patients was that they could not obtain MCs from 1Malaysia clinics.
“The initial purpose of setting up the 1Malaysia clinic was to provide treatment to patients with minor ailments. Although our personnel also help stabilise patients with chronic cases, these could also be carried out by experienced medical personnel as well,” she said.
She added that the medical staff at the clinics worked on shifts from 9am to 6pm and 1pm to 10pm.
Azman Jumain, 39, from Mambau near Seremban, said he gets served quicker at the 1Malaysia clinic as compared to a private clinic.
The electrician, who brought his children Hazrina, 10 and Mohd Aizat, eight, for treatment at the clinic said the staff were not only professional but went out of their way to educate him on the need to watch their weight and on healthy eating habits.
“We can even take our medical pressure reading on our own as they have put a gadget with clear instructions on how to do so in the clinic. My wife has this tendency to check her weight on her own each time she comes to see the doctor,” he said.
Loong Yee Fong, 59, was elated when a 1Malaysia clinic was opened near her home in Taman Rasah Jaya as she had to take a taxi which would cost her some RM15 to get to the Tuanku Ja’afar Hospital or spend almost two hours getting there by bus which was never on schedule.
“My son doesn’t need to take the day off from work to take me hospital as the clinic is open till 10pm daily,” she said, adding that the medication at the clinic was just as good as those dispensed by private clinics.
Loong said the Government has to be given credit for providing free treatment to parents who brought in their babies who were below the age of one for treatment and students.
“My children are now able to save some money as their children who often fall sick now seek treatment for free at the 1Malaysia clinic,”she said.
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