Only serious cases should use HSA's trauma and emergency service, says Johor exco


ISKANDAR PUTERI: Those that are not facing critical health conditions should seek medical attention at the Mahmoodiah health clinic instead of going to the Sultanah Aminah Hospital (HSA) trauma and emergency department.

Johor health and unity committee chairman Ling Tian Soon said this will help ease congestion at the hospital’s trauma and emergency department.

"HSA is among the busiest hospitals in Johor. The hospital’s polyclinic receives an average of 2,000 patients daily, while an average of 600 patients per day seek treatment at the trauma and emergency service.

"The situation causes the red zone and the yellow zone to be crowded, as such patients have to wait for a long period of time for medical treatment.

"To ease congestion at HSA’s trauma and emergency service, the Health Ministry has extended the operating hours at the Mahmoodiah health clinic from 8am until 9pm daily including public holidays," he added.

Ling said this after witnessing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) exchange between Gleneagles Hospital Johor (GHJ) and non-governmental organisation Rose Foundation at a hotel here on Monday (Jan 22).

The MoU will see both GHJ and Rose Foundation provide cervical cancer screenings for around 1,500 women in the state as part of an initiative for early detection.

Ling, who is also the Yong Peng assemblyman, added that the Mahmoodiah health clinic is well equipped, complete with laboratories able to provide medical services to patients that are not facing serious medical issues.

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