THE Government has been urged to build a hospital and clinic each in Ulu Bernam and Sungai Semak in Hilir Perak, which have more than 10,000 residents in both areas, reported Malaysia Nanban.
It said several thousand people, especially the poor and workers from several estates living in the areas, had to seek medical treatment from government clinics as they could not afford medical treatment at private clinics.
The daily said people had to travel about 50km to Teluk Intan or 80km to Sabak Bernam to seek treatment from government hospitals, adding that there were incidents when patients died on the way to the hospitals during emergencies.
The daily quoted Sungai Semak MIC chairman L. Raman as saying that the Government had promised to build a hospital during the last general election but this had not materialised.
The daily also reported that Malaysian Indian Women Leaders Association, with the co-operation of the Women and Family Development Ministry, had in the past been organising skills training and health awareness programmes for women.
The association urged single mothers to attend such programmes, which it said taught them to be independent in life, the daily reported.
On another matter, Tamil Nesan reported that the delays in the upgrading of a drain and underground cable-laying projects along Jalan Bendahara in Ipoh had affected businesses in the area.
The daily said some men who were involved in the second-hand goods business had complained that their business was badly affected since the road was closed for the projects.
They said the repair work was abandoned many times in the past three months.
The daily in its editorial urged officers in charge of the Micro Credit Loan Scheme not to impose strict conditions and make applicants run around to obtain the loan.
It urged the Government to open a special counter for this purpose and also urged the officers in charge to be friendly with applicants.
The daily said that should the problem not be resolved, it was the responsibility of the Government to help businessmen and spur the economy.
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