Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Bernama: Najib's 1Malaysia clinics get positive feedback

Najib's 1Malaysia clinics get positive feedback
Jan 6, 10 2:55pm

The establishment of the 1Malaysia community clinic has received positive feedback from community leaders who believe that it will benefit the people, especially the low-income group in urban areas.

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak will simultaneously launch the 1Malaysia community clinic in Kampung Kerinchi in Kuala Lumpur tomorrow, with 49 other clinics nationwide as promised in the 2010 budget.

Federation of Malaysian Consumer Associations (Fomca) chief executive officer Mohd Yusof Abdul Rahman said the public should support this move as it would benefit the poor and those in the low-income group.

"It will also provide the facility to the disabled to undergo treatment at a nearby clinic," he told Bernama.

The executive director of a charity organisation, Xiao En Cultural Foundation, Prof Ong Seng Huat also lauded the 1Malaysia clinic, saying it would help the poor to get early check-ups.

"The clinic cares for the welfare of the public, especially those in need, and help them get immediate treatment," he said.

He added that in line with the 1Malaysia slogan, the clinic could offer services to the multi-racial community and helped lighten the burden on pensioners and those with no medical insurance.

Only for minor ailments

Also supporting the move was Human Rights Commission of Malaysia commissioner Dr Chiam Heng Keng.

"They provide health services and facilities to the people in urban areas," she said.

On the clinic being manned only by a nurse and a medical attendant, she said it would attend to only minor cases.

Health Minister Liow Tiong Lai said the 1Malaysia clinics were authorised to dispense medication for minor ailments such as fever, cough or light injuries while chronic cases would be referred to bigger clinics or hospitals.

The Malaysian Medical Association has expressed concern that the 1Malaysia clinic would affect the country's standard of medical service.

The association is reportedly seeking a dialogue with the ministry over the matter on Friday.

- Bernama

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