PUTRAJAYA: The maternity ward at Putrajaya Hospital is becoming a magnet for expectant mothers hoping to give birth in a spanking new facility.
Obstetrics and gynaecology specialist Dr Jamil Omar, who is in charge of the ward, said this was because the hospital offered first-class services to its patients at the normal public rate of only RM40 a day for a four-bed room.
This is far below than those charged by private health facilities. We are a fully government hospital but there is only one class in our facility, which is first class. So, we are basically a first-class hospital.
We have had around 10 to 20 enquiries a month from expectant mothers as far as Subang hoping to give birth here.
However, the hospital can only accept patients from those living and working in the countrys administrative centre, and immediate surrounding areas such as Sri Kembangan, Serdang, Dengkil, Bangi, Kajang, Banting and Puchong, he said after accompanying the team from Bangi Equatorial Hotel on its Mothers Day celebrations at the hospital here yesterday.
The ward, which currently has 56 beds, sees some 400 to 450 deliveries each month.
Putrajaya Hospital, in the countrys administrative capital, is one of the first paperless and filmless public hospitals in the country.
It also houses the national referral centre for breast cancer and disorders under a plan to make it an institution of excellence specialising in the treatment of the disease and has telemedicine links with medical institutions worldwide.
In the celebrations, thirteen new mothers and their babies received a cheesecake and dining vouchers for a dim sum lunch at the Golden Phoenix Restaurant in the hotel worth a total of RM120 each from the hotel's general manager Philip Erne.