Health clinics at unsafe, unsuitable locations to close

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  • Saturday, 18 Jan 2020

IPOH: Health clinics located in unsuitable or unsafe locations will be closed down, said Deputy Health Minister Dr Lee Boon Chye.

He said several clinics here are no longer meeting current requirements, especially for those serving population densities of between 10,000 and 50,000 people.

“For example, the Bijih Timah Health Clinic here is quite small, and there is insufficient space for expansion for other services such as the medicine store and for medical examinations.

“There are about 528 residents, and the clinic receives around 52 patients daily,” he said after visiting Bijih Timah Health Clinic in Jalan Sultan Yusof here yesterday.

On whether the health clinic will be closed, Dr Lee said should that happen, patients will be directed to seek treatment at other nearby clinics.

Dr Lee explained that most health and village clinics developed in the 1960s and 1970s were focused on remote areas, but these locations have developed and are now served by better public transportation.

“So we need to review clinics in remote areas and look at the overall optimisation of operations,” he said.

On the opening of the Women, Children and Cardiology Complex at Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital (HRPB) here, Dr Lee said it will start full operations in March.

“The handover of the building took place last July, and a portion of the cardiology section has begun operations since December 2019, but the complex is expected to fully commence operations in March,”

“We are still at the testing and commissioning stage to ensure everything we have acquired is functioning well,” he said.

When in operation, the 10-storey complex will have 404 beds, 18 delivery rooms, six operating rooms, as well as other facilities that include 450 parking lots.

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