Ba­sic health ser­vices un­af­fected: Min­is­ter

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SHAH ALAM: Health Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr S. Subra­ma­niam ( pix) has given an as­sur­ance that the bud­get cuts in his min­istry would not en­croach into ba­sic health ser­vices.

He said the min­istry has taken the nec­es­sary mea­sures to en­sure all hos­pi­tals are equipped with suf­fi­cient amount of sup­plies.

“Our bud­get has been cut but we have got ad­e­quate sup­plies.

“I don’t think we would have any prob­lem in en­sur­ing that there is con­ti­nu­ity of care in all the hos­pi­tals and clin­ics un­der the su­per­vi­sion of the min­istry,” Subra­ma­niam said dur­ing a press con­fer­ence af­ter he of­fi­ci­ated the 2016 Clean, Safe and Healthy Can­teen Award, which was held at the Shah Alam Con­ven­tion Cen­tre.

Subra­ma­niam added his min­istry will only give ad­di­tional bud­gets to hos­pi­tals that are heav­ily used and in need of med­i­cal sup­plies.

“Some hos­pi­tals, be­cause of their heavy bur­den, would have run out of sup­plies.

“So I have di­rected the min­istry to iden­tify those hos­pi­tals and give them ad­di­tional fund­ing so they can meet ex­pec­ta­tions,” he said.

Subra­ma­niam was re­spond­ing to re­ports that the bud­get cuts had forced Health Di­rec­tor­Gen­eral Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Ab­dul­lah to re-eval­u­ate the min­istry’s fi­nan­cial re­sources.

Mean­while, Subra­ma­niam said the Health Min­istry had or­dered 64 can­teen op­er­a­tors to stop their op­er­a­tions this year as they have failed to com­ply with the reg­u­la­tions set.

“We have in­ves­ti­gated more than 11,000 can­teens and we have asked 64 premises to stop their op­er­a­tions,” he said, adding that 332 of­fence no­tices have been is­sued.

Subra­ma­niam said so far this year, his min­istry has re­ceived 153 re­ports of food poi­son­ing cases in­volv­ing more than 6,000 stu­dents. – by Aiezat Fadzell

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