Najib: Malaysia, Bangladesh continue to enjoy good ties

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BANGLADESH: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said Malaysia and Bangladesh continue to enjoy good ties and the launch of the Sheikh Fazilatunnessa Mujib Memorial KPJ Specialised Hospital and Nursing College is a testimonial of the two nations' healthy relationship.

He also believes KPJ Healthcare Bhd is capable of assisting Bangladesh in developing the country's healthcare sector.

Najib expresses his hope that the Sheikh Fazilatunnessa Mujib Memorial KPJ Specialised Hospital and Nursing College will not only improve healthcare in Bangladesh, but also develop into a regional champion.

Meanwhile Bernama reported, Najib said that through the joint undertaking with KPJ Healthcare, the 250-bed hospital would immediately have a qualified and experienced team of hospital managers in place. 
He said the hospital would offer first-class healthcare services, providing Bangladeshis, including from among the poor, with greater access to international standards of treatment.  
 
"I was informed that 30 per cent of the patients will be from the poor and they will be given a special rate," he said.   
 
Najib said the hospital would support Bangladesh's efforts to provide a safety net for the poor as well as services for the disabled, and help improve maternal and child healthcare.  
 
Apart from healthcare services, he said, the hospital would also house a 50-seat nursing college that would support Bangladesh's efforts to train more healthcare professionals. 
 
KPJ Healthcare, with a 33-year track record in Malaysia, has helped to transform Malaysia's private healthcare industry. It currently operates 23 hospitals in Malaysia, two in Indonesia and one in Thailand.   
 
Earlier, Najib and Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina witnessed the handing over of a replica of the hospital by the trust secretary, Sheikh Hafizur Rahman, to KPJ Healthcare president and managing director Amiruddin Abdul Satar as a symbolic gesture of the transfer of the hospital operation to the Malaysian healthcare service provider.  
 
Hasina said, built on 2.42 hectares at a cost of 2.15 billion Bangladeshi taka (about RM88.19 million), the hospital would also cater to the need for better health services for industrial workers, including those from the garment industries located near it.
 

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak (second from right) smiles as he looks at his name written in Bangladesh language and translated by Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina (second from left) after launching the Sheikh Fazilatunnessa Mujib Memorial KPJ Specialised Hospital and Nursing College in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Also present is the prime minister's wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor (right). -- Bernama


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