KUALA LUMPUR: The National Heart Institute's (IJN) Paediatric Congenital Heart Centre (PCHC), which is under construction, is expected to be fully completed by 2015.
IJN deputy chief executive officer Datuk Dr Mohd Azhari Yakub said the centre, which was being built besides the IJN building, was set to be the biggest paediatric centre in Asia.
"The centre will simultaneously become the main pulse of IJN to emerge as a global excellence centre in cardiovascular and thoracic disease," he told reporters after the launching of the centre by Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali here Friday.
Also present during the ceremony were IJN chairman Tan Sri Datuk Dr Taha Mohd Ariff, PCHC head Dr Hasri Samion and Maybank Islam Berhad chairman (MIB) Datuk Seri Ismail Shahudin.
Dr Mohd Azhari said, currently, the centre was operating temporarily at the IJN children's ward, which was upgraded by increasing the beds from 30 to 52 and increasing the consultation rooms to 10 from six and a non-invasive laboratory for diagnostic procedure.
"Other than that, three dedicated paediatrics operating rooms were also renovated and upgraded and expected to be operational in December," he said.
MIB also handed a donation of RM50,000, which was part of the RM1.5mil contributed by the financial institution to finance the purchase of equipment at the centre, including a reading room and for treatment of paediatric patients. - Bernama