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RM23.3 Billion For Health Services And Facilities

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KUALA LUMPUR – The government is allocating RM 23.3 billion for the implementation of various health services and facilities.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said they included building of two hospitals, namely Dungun Hospital in Terengganu and Seri Iskandar Hospital in Perak, as well as 20 health clinics and four dental clinics.

He said 30 additional 1Malaysia clinics would also be established, bringing the total to 290 clinics nationwide.

Najib, who is also Finance Minister, the government was also allocating RM30 million to replace the 635 units of haemodialysis machines in government hospitals and clinics.

“The government also provides space in government hospitals and health clinics to place another 244 haemodialysis machines which will be contributed by the private sector as part of their corporate social responsibility,” he said when tabling the Budget 2014 at the Dewan Rakyat here today.

Apart from that, he said, the government was allocating RM45.4 million to provide medicines for patients undergoing chronic and acute haemodialysis treatment.

“The tax relief for treatment of serious diseases such as cancer, kidney failure and heart attack is increased from RM5,000 to RM6,000 to reduce the burden of the tax payer, the spouse and children,” he added.

He said RM30 million would be allocated for the distribution of 55,000 dengue test kits free of charge to private clinics to expedite early dengue detection process.

“Dengue prevention programme will be enhanced through community awareness and acquisition of dengue prevention equipment such as reagents, Ultra Low Volume and Mist Blower,” he added. – BERNAMA

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