Construction On Additional Building At Segamat Hospital Begins Next Month

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ISKANDAR PUTERI -- The construction of a new building at the Segamat Hospital, beginning next month, is expected to be completed within three years.

Johor Health, Environment, Education and Information Committee chairman Datuk Ayub Rahmat said the state government agreed to approve an allocation of RM90.5 million to the Segamat Hospital to implement the project.

"It will make Segamat Hospital the best health service centre provided by the government in the north of Johor," he added.

He said this in response to a question from Lau Chin Hoon (BN-Pemanis) who wished to know the developments made by Segamat Hospital over the past five years and in the next few years, at the Johor State Assembly sitting in Kota Iskandar here today.

Ayub said the hospital was currently upgrading its air-conditioning in a project which began last October, and was set to end in October this year, at an allocation of RM7.4 million.

He said the allocation given by the Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry involved the replacement of all air-conditioning units in the hospital, including wards, specialist clinics and surgical rooms.

Apart from that, he added, the hospital had acquired two new ambulances, bringing the total number of ambulances it owned to seven.

"The Segamat Hospital is one of the major specialist hospitals with 314 beds. From 2010 until today, the hospital has developed 13 specialist services.

"From 2010 to 2014, key specialist services were started in stages, including General Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, General Surgery, Orthopaedic, Paediatric, Anesthesiology, Emergency & Trauma, Radiology, and Psychiatry," he said.

According to Ayub, in 2015, the Segamat Hospital began specialist services in Otorhinolaryngology, Ophthalmology and Oral Surgery, while the Pathology service was introduced last year.

He said from 2012 until last year, the hospital recorded an average of 24,188 ward patients annually, with the highest number recorded at 25,350, in 2016.

For outpatient services, the hospital recorded an average of 105,691 people yearly (since 2012), with the highest being last year at 124,039. 

The average increase in the number of outpatients was seven per cent annually.

"The government is aware of the rapid development of the Segamat district and its surrounding areas in the north of Johor.

“To ensure the comfort of patients who seek services at the Segamat Hospital, and with the attentive and responsible attitude of the Barisan Nasional government, upgrading of facilities and infrastructure at the Segamat Hospital is always prioritised," said Ayub.