IPOH: The Health Ministry is giving government hospitals six months to set up special counters for patients with chronic diseases, those who are disabled and senior citizens.
We hope to see the special counters in all government hospital soon and it would be even better if they could expedite the move, Minister Datuk Dr Chua Soi Lek said.
Dr Chua, who was visiting Ipoh Hospital, was commenting on efforts to reduce waiting time to 90 minutes compared to the average two hours from the time of registration to treatment and obtaining medication.
He commended the effort by Greentown Health Clinic here for being the first to practise the special counters concept.
He said such counters had been made available to patients since the clinic started its operations two years ago.
On another matter, Dr Chua said he had directed all hospitals and clinics to monitor cases of patients seeking treatment for upper respiratory tract illnesses such as flu, cough, watery eyes and asthma.
He said the directive was issued as part of health surveillance in view of the haze.
On another matter, Dr Chua said hospital administrators only needed to ask the ministry if they wanted a bigger budget.
He was referring to a report by The Star that the Tengku Ampuan Afzan Hospital in Kuantan was unable to carry out blood tests for diabetes and several types of cancers in the past few months.
We have 124 government hospitals and this is the first time I have heard of such poor administration, he said.
Sources at the hospital alerted The Star on the lack of budget for the hospital, rendering the lack of reagents to carry out blood tests.
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