Long-delayed new Tanjong Karang hospital ready by 2020

The new Tanjong Karang Hospital will have 150 beds and offer nine specialist services, says Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad.

TANJONG KARANG: The Tanjong Karang Hospital project, which has been delayed for a decade, will finally be fully completed by November 2020.

Health Minister Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said the hospital would be a minor specialist hospital offering nine medical specialist services for local residents to receive the best treatment.

“In the effort to ensure the people receive the best medical care, the health ministry is committed to upgrading the hospital as a hospital with specialists, apart from expanding patient bed capacity.

“The new hospital will become a minor specialist hospital with 150 beds and offer nine specialists apart from emergency service and general medicine.

“These will be for general surgery, orthopaedics, paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology, anaesthesiology, critical treatment, radiology and psychiatry,” he said when met by reporters after visiting Tanjong Karang Hospital in conjunction with Aidilfitri here today.

Present was Tanjong Karang Hospital director Dr Mohd Zamri Wagiman.

Among the facilities to be provided through the new project were specialist clinics, wards for various disciplines, including maternity wards, paediatric wards, daily care wards and the intensive care unit.

Dzulkefly said the capacity of the present hospital building, which was built in 1966, was inadequate to meet the needs of the residents in the surrounding areas.

Tanjong Karang MP Noh Omar had previously said the delay in building the hospital, costing RM269 million, was due to technical problems between the Public Works Department and the contractor.

Dzulkefly added that piling had begun for the new hospital. Located on a 16.1ha site near the existing hospital, it would be the main medical centre, benefiting more than 20,000 surrounding residents.

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