Multi-storey car park, women and children's hospital at HKL

KUALA LUMPUR: Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL) in Jalan Pahang, here, the oldest and biggest in Southeast Asia, would continue to be upgraded to be the premier hospital in Malaysia, said Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam.

He said RM940 million had been allocated for the building of a seven-storey car park and a Women and Children's Hospital there.

"Out of this sum, RM60 million is for the car park project which is expected to be ready next year, and RM880 million for the Women and Children's Hospital which is scheduled to start operating in four years' time on a 2.8-hectare site," he said while on a working visit to HKL on Wednesday, June 6.

The 143-year-old HKL, established in 1870, receives about 16,000 patients each year. Dr Subramaniam said upgrading works at HKL through Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's special allocation of RM300 million had entered Phase 2 in May this year.

"Phase 1 involving renovating the main lobby, Ward 26 and Ward 27 was completed in July last year."
He said among the buildings involved under Phase 2 were that of the Institute of Urology and Nephrology, Intensive Care Unit, operation theatres and support facilities.

He added that a special ambulance lane would also be built to separate it from the public lanes, a plaza for banking facilities, a post office and shops for public convenience.

According to him, all development works at HKL were expected to be completed
by 2017. Dr Subramaniam also said that the ministry planned to upgrade all government
hospitals in the country in stages so as to provide the best medical services to
the people.

He said the upgrading exercise would not be limited to providing comfortable premises and sophisticated equipment, as quality in terms of medical expertise and services would also be emphasised.

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