KUALA TERENGGANU: An ultra-modern hospital to cater to some 200,000 people will be built in Dungun to replace the existing one.
State executive councillor Rosol Wahid said the RM120mil hospital would be built on a 28ha site under the Ninth Malaysia Plan while the present one would be turned into an outpatient treatment centre.
The state government has applied to the Health Ministry to start building the hospital by the end of next year.
The new hospital is necessary as the old one is no longer suitable and cannot cope with the increasing number of patients, Rosol, who heads the state Welfare and Health Committee, said after opening a healthy lifestyle seminar organised by the Terengganu Family Planning Association.
He said floods often hit the present hospital during the monsoon season.
Rosol said the state government hoped to carry out more health campaigns, especially in the rural areas, to make the villagers more aware of healthcare.
Among programmes planned under the campaign is a doctor-with-the-people session.
Rosol also advised the people to be careful when buying medicines as the market was inundated with fake goods. Bernama