(File pix) Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad addressing a crowd at Bukit Mahkota last night. Pix by NSTP/Asyraf Hamzah

SEMENYIH: Medical facilities of healthcare clinics here would be enhanced as well as expanded to include a new clinic.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said the move was to accommodate the increasing healthcare needs of local residents.

He said the proposed additional clinic was in addition to the efforts to improve facilities at the two existing health clinics in Semenyih Town and Beranang which were old and dilapidated.

“It is not possible to expand both the health clinics because of the lack of space. So, it is most reasonable for me to stress on primary and preventive care and the aspect of family care, so the clinic is most important.

“So I give emphasis if possible that another health clinic be built,” he told reporters after attending a ceramah in conjunction with the by-election for the Semenyih State Seat at the Bukit Mahkota 1 Operations Room, here last night.

Meanwhile, Dr Dzulkefly said the facilities at Kajang Hospital, which is the nearest hospital to Semenyih, would be improved.

This included the construction of a women's and children's clinic nearby the main hospital.

Dr Dzulkefly said he respected the proposal by the Pakatan Harapan (PH) candidate for the Semenyih by-election, Muhammad Aiman Zainali that a hospital be built in Semenyih.

Last week Aiman had proposed for hospital to be built in Semenyih to take care the healthcare needs of the people in Semenyih.

However, Dr Dzulkefly shot down the proposal saying that there is no need for a hospital for the area.

The Semenyih by-election will see a four-cornered fight between Muhammad Aiman, the Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) candidate Nik Afiq Aziz Abdul, Zakaria Hanafi from the Barisan Nasional (BN) and Independent candidate Kuan Chee Heng.

It is being held following the death of incumbent Bakhtiar Mohd Nor from Bersatu representing the PH on Jan 11 due to a heart attack.

Polling for the by-election will be held on Saturday.

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