The Star Online, February 9, 2017
PASIR GUDANG: There is no shortage in the supply of medicines at all public hospitals in Johor and patients will continue to receive their supplies as usual.
Johor Health and Environment committee chairman Datuk Ayub Rahmat said some patients were given supply for a week or two while others received a month’s supply.
He said there was a reason for the weekly supply as most of those who received a monthly supply had a tendency of not taking their medication as prescribed by doctors.
‘Only when they have to visit the hospital weekly or every two weeks to get their medicines, they start taking it diligently,” Ayub said on Tuesday at the launch of the Communication for Behaviourial Impact (Combi).
It is an anti-dengue campaign organised by the Pasir Gudang Municipal Council here.
Ayub said patients must remember that the cost of medical supplies they receive from public hospitals nationwide was subsidised by the Government.
“We want to avoid wastage and those who no longer need medicines from a public hospital should drop them into the boxes placed outside the pharmacy,” he added.
Ayub said the unconsumed and returned medicines which were yet to expire would be given to those with similar ailments.
Separately, he said the state government was still waiting for a full report from the independent commission appointed by the Health Ministry to look into the Hospital Sultanah Aminah fire which took place last October.
He said renovation work on the intensive care unit (ICU) of the hospital could not proceed until the commission had completed their findings on the incident.
The fire which occurred on the morning of October 2016, had claimed six patients who were receiving treatment at the ICU of the hospital and 11 people were injured.
“We have submitted a request for financial assistance of between RM12mil and RM20mil from the Federal Government for renovation and upgrading work on the ICU wing,” said Ayub.
He said Johor had also requested for Hospital Sultanah Aminah II (HSAII) project to be built in Tampoi on a 161.87ha land belonging to the Health Ministry.
Ayub said he hoped the project would be approved under the 11th Malaysia Plan, adding that HSAII would also have a private wing for patients to get medical services similar to those offered by private specialist centres.
“We want our specialist doctors to continue working with the government but at the same time serve patients in the private wing of the hospital, he said.