Monday, January 15, 2007

Perak to Boost Health Tourism

State Health, Science and Environment Committee chairman Datuk Tan Chin Meng said he was confident that Perak could become a health tourism destination just like Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Malacca.
He said the target was attainable in view of the continuous efforts made by the respective private hospitals in improving their medical facilities and services.
The state government, he said, was also motivated to seriously carve its name in the industry after the success of its tourism fair in Medan, Indonesia, in June last year.
“Records showed that some 400 people from Medan came to seek medical services in Perak after we held the fair.

“Its quite an achievement because it was the first time we had included healthcare service in our tourism fair,” he told re- porters after launching the CT Scanner ser- vice of Perak Community Specialist Hospital in Ipoh.
Also present were Perak Chinese Maternity Association president Datuk Lee Hau Hian, medical superintendent Datuk Y.C. Lee and consultant radiologist Dr Ong Teong Oon.
Besides Indonesia, Tan said, the state go-vernment also luring patients from other places in Asia.
“Ipoh has complete and modern medical facilities and expertise. It will be a waste if we don’t exploit the opportunities avail- able in the health tourism industry,” he said.
Apart from government hospitals, he said healthcare services in the state were offered by Pantai Puteri Hospital, Fatimah Hospital, Kinta Medical Hospital, Ipoh Specialist Hospital, and Perak Community Spe-cialist Hospital.
In his speech, Tan commended the hospital for its continuous commitment in improving its facilities.
Starting as a maternity hospital 103 years ago, the hospital is a full-fledged multi-disciplinary specialist hospital, he said.

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