Materia Medica Malaysiana

June 27, 2004

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Filed under: Uncategorized — malaysianmedicine @ 5:24 pm

More nursing schools coming up

MUAR: More training centres for nurses will be built to overcome a shortage of some 6,000 nurses in government hospitals nationwide.

Health Minister Datuk Dr Chua Soi Lek said the plan was being looked into following the additional allocation announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

The ministry would also use its allocation to improve health facilities in rural areas, he told reporters after opening the Muar MCA division general assembly here.

Dr Chua said: “In the Eighth Malaysia Plan, the ministry received about RM9.5bil in allocation but there were projects not carried out. We hope that with the additional allocation, we will be able to do so.”

He said the ministry would also focus on building more health clinics in Sabah and Sarawak and on improving health related facilities in rural areas.

“We will not use the additional allocation to build new and bigger hospitals as our aim is to improve health facilities and outpatient departments throughout the country,” added Dr Chua.

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