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Cardiac healthcare made more accessible in PJ

Agreeing to make cardiac care and treatment more accessible to the people.

Agreeing to make cardiac care and treatment more accessible to the people.

Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR – March 2, 2015: Cardiac healthcare will be more accessible especially for people in Petaling Jaya with the collaboration between the National Heart Institute (NHI) and BP Healthcare Group.

The memorandum of understanding signed by the two today will allow the institute to provide cardiology care at BP’s specialist clinics.

“For a start we will send our cardiologist there every Wednesday but we will increase the frequency later,” said NHI chief executive officer Datuk Dr Azhari Yaakub.

 

The first such clinic is at Taman Megah.

BP Healthcare president Datuk Beh Chun Huan said the clinic will act as a feeder centre to send patients to the institute.

“We have been picking up abnormal cases from people who appear healthy but do not realise that they are suffering from heart problems.

“With this collaboration these people will be conveniently sent to NHI,” said Beh adding that his company screens millions of patients a year.

The percentage of NHI’s private patients is expected to increase with this initiative and since its capacity has doubled due to the extension to its premises, Azhari is confident the institute has the capacity to meet the needs under this collaboration.

“We have 460 beds, seven operating theatres, six interventional cardiology labs and up to 60 operating beds including for post-coronary care unit,” said Azhari. The institute is the biggest cardiac hospital in Asia-Pacific.

Both parties hope that within six years there will be 50 clinics like the one at Taman Megah for the Klang Valley and more in the whole country.

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If Zaidi Azmi isn’t busy finding his way in the city, this 26-year-old northern kampung boy can be found struggling to make sense of the Malaysian political scene. Zaidi can be reached at [email protected]