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Health Ministry 24-Hour Medical Service For Thaipusam At Batu Caves

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KUALA LUMPUR – The Health Ministry is to provide 24-hour medical service at the Sri Subramaniar Swamy Temple grounds in Batu Caves for three days from tomorrow in conjunction with the Thaipusam festival.

Head of the Selayang Hospital Emergency, Trauma and Disaster Management Department, Datuk Dr Alwi Abdul Rahman, said 20 doctors, 20 paramedics and 20 medical support staff would be in attendance.

Dr Alwi, who is the chief of the Thaipusam Medical Coordination, said the service included ambulance facility and general and critical treatment.

“Emergency cases will be attended to at Batu Caves itself while critical cases will be sent to the nearest hospital.

“We are also working with the police, fire and rescue department, Malaysian Red Crescent and St John Ambulance of Malaysia. Red Crescent and St John Ambulance volunteers started work there three days ago,” he said.

Thaipusam proper falls on Sunday. However, the festival is observed over three days beginning tomorrow and includes a silver chariot procession from the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in Jalan Bandar to the Sri Subramaniar Temple in Batu Caves tomorrow and the return procession on Monday.

Dr Alwi said a Common Control, Coordination and Communication Centre wouldbe set up at Batu Caves to enable the medical staff to communicate with all hospitals in the Klang Valley.

He said the staff selected to serve during the three days had attended special training on handling emergency and critical cases over three days from Jan 15.

The instruction for the medical mission had come from Director-General of Health Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, he said. – BERNAMA


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