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Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya

SEBERANG JAYA – The federal government’s RM400 million upgrading project involving the Seberang Jaya Hospital is currently underway and expected to reduce congestion currently faced by the hospital.

Health Deputy Minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya said the hospital which currently had 393 beds and 1,960 staff was unable to accommodate the annual increase in the number of patients.

He said the upgrading project involved the construction of a new nine-storey building costing RM400 million which was expected to be completed by 2021.

“The population in this district is very large and requires a large hospital. It will get the additional 316 beds once the upgrading work is completed,” he told Bernama here today.

He said the project to upgrade the 20-year-old hospital is proof the federal government was striving to improve the standard of services needed by the people.

Meanwhile, on the issue of the hospital’s dearth in parking space, Dr Hilmi said he was currently discussing the matter with the hospital authorities to build a multi-storey car park.

He has suggested to the authorities to build a steel structure which is more cost-efficient and involves shorter construction time but the idea is still at the discussion stage.

Earlier, the Balik Pulau MP visited hospitals in Penang to show his appreciation to the doctors, medical officials and hospital staff working during the Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

He also handed over goodie bags, Hari Raya cookies and hampers to over 1,000 staff of six public hospitals, namely Balik Pulau Hospital, Penang General Hospital, Hospital Sungai Bakap, Hospital Bukit Mertajam, Hospital Kepala Batas and Hospital Seberang Jaya.

“This is our way of showing appreciation to our dedicated medical staff who could not make it home to celebrate Aidilfitri with their families due to work commitment,” he said. – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – Kidney patients form the largest waiting list to receive an organ in the country with 31,084 people.

Deputy Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya said the others waiting for organ transplants were seven liver patients, five heart patients and four lung patients.

He said a total of 381,353 people in Malaysia had pledged themselves as organ donors as of last Jan 31. However, it was still low as it only represented one per cent of the total population.

“This percentage is still small compared to developed countries where the number of organ donors there have reached 30 to 40 per cent of the population,” he said in reply to a question from Datuk Fauzi Zahari (BN-Setiawangsa) at the Dewan Rakyat sitting today.

Therefore, he said, the country still required more people to pledge as organ donors. – BERNAMA