Ministry plans to have Nuclear Medicine Dept in Sungai Petani Cancer Specialist Centre

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PORT DICKSON (July 31) The Ministry of Health (MOH) plans to establish a Nuclear Medicine Department in the Sungai Petani Cancer Specialist Centre in Kedah, to provide better services and treatments for patients in the northern region.

Its Deputy Minister, Dr Lee Boon Chye, said the department would be the seventh of its kind after those established at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital, Penang General Hospital, National Cancer Institute, Sabah Women and Children Hospital, Sarawak General Hospital and Johor’s Sultanah Aminah Hospital.

He said the cancer specialist centre, which is under construction at the cost of RM500 million, was slated for completion in three years.

“With the additional Nuclear Medicine Department in the northern region, I hope patients who are seeking treatments will be able to enjoy better services,” he told reporters after opening the National Conference of Nuclear Medicine 2019 here today.

Meanwhile, Dr Lee said the Ministry had allocated RM5 billion to build and upgrade hospitals nationwide.

“At present, new hospitals are being built in Pasir Gudang, Johor, and Petra Jaya, Sarawak, at a total cost of RM500 million, and another one in Dungun, Terengganu, costing RM100 million.

“The rest of the allocation will be used to upgrade infrastructures in 12 hospitals nationwide. We are also planning to build a few more hospitals in the next five years,” he said.