IJN children's heart centre ready in three years


KUALA LUMPUR: The National Heart Institute's (IJN) Paediatric Congenital Heart Centre (PCHC) which is under construction is expected to be fully completed by 2015.


IJN's deputy chief executive officer Datuk Dr Mohd Azhari Yakub said the centre, which was being built besides the IJN building, was set to be the biggest paediatric centre in Asia.
"The centre will simultaneously become the main pulse of IJN to emerge as a global excellence centre in cardiovascular and thoracic," he told reporters after the launching of the centre by the wife of ex-Prime Minister Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali, here, today.
Also present during the ceremony were IJN chairman Tan Sri Datuk Dr Taha Mohd Ariff, PCHC head Dr Hasri Samion and Maybank Islam Berhad chairman (MIB) Datuk Seri Ismail Shahudin.
Dr Mohd Azhari said, currently, the centre was operating temporarily at the IJN children's ward which was upgraded by increasing the beds from 30 to 52 and increasing the consultation rooms to 10 from six and a non-invasive laboratory for diagnostic procedure.
"Other than that, three dedicated paediatrics operating rooms were also renovated and upgraded and expected to be operational in December," he said.
MIB also handed a donation of RM50,000 which was part of the RM1.5 million contributed by the financial institution to finance the purchase of equipment at the centre including reading room and for treatments of paediatric patients. -- BERNAMA

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