Health minister announces RM1m as stopgap for HKL

Malay Mail
Malay Mail

KUALA LUMPUR, March 17 — Health Minister Dr Zaliha Mustafa said the city’s main general hospital will receive an additional RM1 million for essential purchases.

At press conference after a working visit to Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL) today, the minister acknowledged the sum was only a temporary measure.

“HKL actually needs more than that, but for now, we will give RM 1 million to help them with their assets and inventory procurement,” she said.

Dr Zaliha also said the ministry was considering a special allocation for the hospital to upgrade to an electronic medical records system.

HKL is Malaysia’s oldest and largest hospital but its files and records still largely remain physical, and were kept at a centre informally named “Wisma Kayu”.

“It would be helpful for the hospital if they are able to begin their digitalisation process,” Dr Zaliha said. “So, hopefully we will be able to provide a special fund for the process.”

The minister explained that it was important to find ways the maintain the hospital as it is the major public healthcare hub for Klang Valley residents.

HKL is celebrating its 153rd anniversary this year.