Dzulkefly says that the new Air Putih Health Clinic is capable of handling up to 500 patients per day.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dzulkefly Ahmed says that the newly-built RM30mil Air Putih Health clinic boasts comprehensive healthcare services as well as staff quarters.

He stated that the clinic had been completed by October 31.

It began operating on February 26th to replace the Air Putih Health Clinic which only served mothers and children. They could no longer serve the people of this area.

The new Health Clinic provides comprehensive services including outpatient treatment and mother and child services. It also includes a dental clinic and emergency treatment.

He said that the clinic, which opened on Friday (7 June), could accommodate 500 patients a day. This would greatly improve healthcare in Balik Pulau.

He also said that the clinic has 16 staff quarters.

The outpatient department of Hospital Balik Pulau is no longer in operation. Patients are now referred to the clinic.

The hospital has now improved its services as 15 specialist clinics will operate in the area previously used by the outpatient department.

He said that this would reduce the congestion in the hospital, and enable faster and more efficient treatment by specialists. The new clinic was built over a period of five years.

Dzulkefly had visited the Bayan Lepas Health Clinic earlier in the day. The clinic will be rebuilt at its current location with a RM72mil budget.

The project has been approved by the Economy Ministry. Public Works Department has been appointed to complete the project.

It will take at least three years for the project to be completed.

He said that existing clinic services would be temporarily relocated to temporary facilities.

Dzulkefly stated that he would meet Penang leaders, people’s representatives and other officials later on Friday in order to discuss health and the development of health facilities.

He said that the discussion would be centered around the development of Hospital Penang and include recommendations on how to resolve the overcrowding of the hospital as well as the lack of parking spaces.

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