IPOH: About RM416mil from the announced RM1.6bil during the tabling of the 2020 Budget would be used to build new health centres.
Without going into details, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said 20 new clinics and one new hospital is being planned.
He said this would include a new hospital in Kampar.
"I understand that it has always been the wish of the Perak Government to have a new hospital there," he told reporters after launching of the national-level #AyahJanganMerokok campaign here on Saturday (Oct 12).
"On average, it costs about RM1.2mil per bed to build a hospital," he said.
"A 50-bedded hospital could cost about RM80mil while a 100-bedded hospital could cost between RM120mil and RM130mil," he added.
During the tabling of Budget 2020, it was announced that RM1.6bil would be allocated for new hospitals and the upgrading of health facilities.
He said the remaining allocation included RM1.17bil for hospital equipment and RM95mil for the renovation and upgrading of health facilities.
State Health Committee chairman A. Sivanesan said details on the hospital would be built near Kampar New Town and are still being worked out.