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Saturday, April 20, 2024

RM80mil allocated for national heart centre in Sabah


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Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim at the 2024 National Madani Aidilfitri celebration in Kota Kinabalu today. (Bernama pic)

KOTA KINABALU: The federal government has granted an immediate allocation of RM80 million to establish a national heart centre in Sabah.

This would make it the second largest heart treatment centre after the National Heart Institute in Kuala Lumpur.

Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim highlighted the urgent need for a heart centre due to the lack of proper cardiology services, leading many to seek treatment in Kuala Lumpur.

“The cardiology services at Hospital Besar Kota Kinabalu (Queen Elizabeth II Hospital) currently include specialist clinics, invasive and non-invasive catheterisation laboratories, cardiothoracic surgical theatres, three specialists and 120 trained nurses.

“However, I believe this is not sufficient for the needs of Sabahans.

“Therefore, I hereby announce the establishment of a special facility, namely the National Heart Centre Sabah, located at the Kota Kinabalu Hospital Complex.

“With this, we will immediately add three specialists and trained support staff,” he said at the 2024 National Madani Aidilfitri celebration, officiated by Yang di-Pertua Negeri Juhar Mahiruddin, today.

Also present were deputy prime ministers Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Fadillah Yusof, and Sabah chief minister Hajiji Noor.

Anwar advised the public to maintain their health by eating moderately, reducing sugary and fatty foods, and increasing physical activity to prevent heart disease.

He said the federal government also agreed with the Sarawak government’s proposal to establish a national cancer centre in Kuching.

Thousands of residents attended the celebration since 8am, savouring the array of delicious food served and enjoying cultural performances. - FMT

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