Saturday, August 13

Maternal and child health care facilities at 1Malaysia clinics from next year — Liow

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KUALA LUMPUR: Maternal and child health care facilities will be made available at all 1Malaysia clinics in the country early next year, Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said yesterday.

The service would be available daily from 10am to 10pm, he said, adding that it would be most useful for working mothers.

Liow said that as there was limited space at the existing 119 1Malaysia clinics, some renovation would have to be done to provide the maternal and child health care service.

The expansion of service would also necessitate the ministry having to recruit more staff and purchase additional medical equipment, he told reporters after opening a 1Malaysia clinic at the Danau Kota Flats here, the 10 such clinic in Kuala Lumpur.

Also present was Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya Federal Territories Health director Dr S Balachandran.

Liow said pap smear and vaccinations for mothers and infants would be among the services available under maternal and child health care at the clinics.

He said almost 250,000 patients had sought treatment at the 1Malaysia clinics in Kuala Lumpur while five million had done so at the 1Malaysia clinics throughout the country.

The 1Malaysia clinics were established under the 1Malaysia concept initiated by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

The concept focuses on, among other things, inter-racial harmony, national integration and efficient administration. — Bernama