HISTORIC: Sultan Azlan Shah Allied Health Science College is the biggest among the 33 college in the country under the Health Ministry
IPOH: THE recent opening of the Sultan Azlan Shah Allied Health Science College in Tanjung Rambutan, near here, marks another milestone in the field of medical and health services.
The college which costs RM320 million was opened by the Sultan of Perak Sultan Azlan Shah.
The college, which is a stone's throw away from Hospital Bahagia Ulu Kinta, started operation last July. It is the biggest among the 33 colleges in the country under the jurisdiction of the Health Ministry.
The ceremony was held in conjunction with Sultan Azlan Shah's 84th birthday celebrations.
The college, built on a 16.75ha site, offers diploma, certificate and basic courses including pharmacy, nursing, medical assistants, emergency medical and trauma care, personal health management, premier health care and psychiatric and renal treatment.
The college which is a collaboration of three other colleges -- Ulu Kinta Medical Assistants College, Nursing College in Ipoh and Nursing College in Taiping -- can train some 3,000 students.
There are currently about 1,500 trainees at the college.
The college has various facilities including an administrative and academic block, resource centre, hostel, multi-purpose hall, staff accommodation quarters, cafeteria and recreational facilities.
Sultan Azlan Shah reminded all training institutions that the quality of their graduates were not solely based on the cumulative grade point average (CGPA) system achieved in examinations.
He said the qualities of graduates were also gauged through their roles and contributions to human capital development.
Sultan Azlan Shah also pointed out that in the face of challenges today, training institutions must be prepared to keep abreast with the latest development.
He said the medical staff who graduated from the ministry's institutes were not only employed by the private sector but also sought after by hospitals in foreign countries, especially from the Middle East.
Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir said the opening of the college with some 3,000 students enrolled could generate more economic activities in the area.
Also present at the event were Raja Pemaisuri Perak Tuanku Bainun and Deputy Health Minister Datuk Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin.