KUALA LUMPUR – The Health Ministry hopes to train 50,000 volunteers nationwide for its healthy community programme (Kospen) by the end of 2016, according to Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam.
“If we can reach that target, it would be a major achievement; the number we have achieved so far is satisfactory and the enthusiasm on the ground is high,” he told reporters.
He said this after launching the national level Neighbourhood Watch Kospen, here Sunday. Also present was Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Tan Sri Joseph Kurup.
Subramaniam said 14,089 volunteers had already been trained at 2,775 villages.
“The ministry has spent RM18 million to buy equipment but it is still not sufficient,” he said.
Meanwhile, Subramaniam who is also MIC deputy president dismissed the alleged claim by party president Datuk Seri G. Palanivel that it was their former president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu who sparked the ‘controversy’ in MIC.
“That is not true. All of us are capable of thinking and making our own decision…definitely not Samy Vellu who instigated the MIC controversy,” he added.