KUALA LUMPUR: The Kuala Lumpur Health Clinic in Jalan Fletcher here will stretch its operating hours to 9.30pm in three weeks.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said the time extension was meant to accommodate the increasing number of patients.
“Since it opened three days ago, the clinic has received about 700 patients,” he told reporters after visiting the facility yesterday.
It was earlier reported that the clinic could cater to 3,000 patients per day.
More than 50 doctors, including four family health specialists and 200 health officers, are based at the clinic, said Dr Subramaniam.
He said the clinic was a replacement for the services provided by the Outpatient Department at Kuala Lumpur Hospital, which had also helped reduce congestion.
Built at a cost of RM50mil, the clinic provides 12 services, among them, outpatient, dentistry, mother and child, rehabilitation, specialist X-ray, laboratory and pharmacy.
On grouses by the public about having to wait a long time to fill in their particulars in the computerised system, he said the problem would be resolved in a month.
Meanwhile, when asked about the 5% offer of places in local public higher learning institutions to foreign medical, dentistry and pharmacy students from this year, Dr Subramaniam said it would benefit the institutions.
The endeavour would enable them to increase their earnings through the fees paid by the foreign students which are not subsidised, he said. — Bernama