16/05/2024 09:07 PM

IPOH, May 16 (Bernama) -- Two new hospitals, the Seri Iskandar Hospital and Parit Buntar Hospital will be completed soon and will commence operations by the end of this year.

The Perak Human Resources, Health, Indian Community Affairs and National Integration Committee chairman A. Sivanesan said currently the state has 14 hospitals with almost 5,800 beds available, 88 Klinik Kesihatan, 126 Klinik Desa and four Klinik Bergerak.

"While the two hospitals will be completed and opened before the end of the year, a clinic namely Pangkor Klinik Kesihatan will also be opened before the end of this year. So these are the major things happening in Perak," he said in a press conference here today.

"We have been allocated RM5 million to acquire the land in Kampar for the new site of the Kampar Hospital. So Kampar Hospital (new site) will become a reality in the future; we had problems over the land but this has been sorted out."

Earlier, Housing and Local Government Minister Nga Kor Ming officiated the 50th anniversary of the LEC Eye Centre, with a year of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities.

On the issue concerning the name of the Parit Buntar Hospital, Sivanesan said it was discussed at the Perak State Executive Council (exco) meeting two days ago and it was unanimously decided that its name should be retained.

"So full consensus has been obtained from the Perak government and I will be writing to the minister (Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad) to not change the name for any reason. It has to be Parit Buntar Hospital," he also said.

On Feb 29, the media reported the issue of opposing the renaming of the Parit Buntar Hospital to Bagan Serai Hospital would be raised at the Perak exco meeting.

Meanwhile, at today's event, LEC Eye Centre, which is possibly the longest-serving private eye care centre in the country, announced a year of CSR activities in conjunction with its 50th anniversary celebrations.

As part of the CSR campaign, LEC will sponsor cataract surgeries for 50 underprivileged patients and 90 pairs of spectacles for orphans among the community, whereby the cataract operations will be worth a total of about RM150,000 and the sponsorship of spectacles will be worth a total of between RM4,000 and RM5,000.

LEC’s 50th anniversary CSR campaign, which officially kicks off today, will also include activities offering free eye tests and a series of events to educate the public on common eye health issues such as cataract, myopia, dry eyes and glaucoma.




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