KUALA LUMPUR: The Health Ministry will build a national specialist hospital for women and children near the Kuala Lumpur Hospital.
Minister Datuk Chua Jui Meng said the hospital which would be ready in 2007 would have 850 beds and 14 operating theatres.
He said it would also be a training and research hospital.
The Cabinet approved the project in 1994 and awarded the contract to Ranhill Berhad last year, Chua told a press conference after accompanying Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Fauziah Tengku Abdul Rashid on a visit to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital’s Paediatric Institute here yesterday.
He said obstetrics and gynaecology, reproductive medicine, feto-maternal medicine and paediatrics and its specialities would be among the specialist services provided.
Chua said the project and the upgrading of the Likas Hospital in Sabah with similar services and facilities would cost RM200mil.
“The hospital in Likas, which was formerly Sabah Medical Centre, was bought over by the Government and will operate as a women’s and children’s hospital by the end of next year.
“It is going to be renovated and upgraded with sophisticated equipment,” he said.
Chua said the Likas hospital now provided cancer treatment and handled cardio thoracic and cardiology cases and would continue to do so.
“The two institutions will also be referral hospitals and a centre of excellence to treat illnesses specific to women and children,” he said.
On shortage of beds in Intensive Care Units, Chua said the ministry was studying the requirements of each hospital and whether the number of beds was sufficient to cope with the outbreaks like SARS.