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KUALA LUMPUR: Residents of Kepong will no longer have to go to Jinjang to get medical treatment, thanks to the 1Malaysia Clinic at Suria Magna flats in Kepong which opened last Friday.
The clinic at Block A of the flats will be an alternative clinic for residents in Kepong to get treatment for minor ailments like cough, fever and wound dressing.
Kepong Special Task Force Team member Tan Kok Eng said residents previously would get their treatment at the government-run clinic in Jinjang, which is about 2km away.
"Seeing there is a dire need for another clinic to be open in Kepong, we approached Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai about this matter.
"We are thankful now that we have a 1Malaysia clinic in Kepong even though it was initially scheduled to be opened only in February next year," he said.
Open daily from 10am to 10pm, the clinic will be manned by an assistant medical officer, a staff nurse and an assistant health officer.
Meanwhile, Kepong Coordinating Officer of Health Department Dr Inthirani Sivarajah said the 1Malaysia Clinic in Suria Magna would ease the overcrowded clinic in Jinjang.
"This will provide more comfort to those who seek treatment for their ailments," she said, adding that another 1Malaysia clinic will be opened soon at PPR Batu Muda.
The 1Malaysia Clinic charges RM1 for Malaysians, RM7.50 for UNHCR refugees and RM15 for foreigners.
A patient Normah Mohamad, 52, said she could now just walk to the clinic.
"Before this, I had to rely on public transport to go to the Jinjang clinic.
Also present at the opening of the clinic was MCA Metro Prima Kepong branch chairman Yap Tin Pow.