Butterworth – The Health Ministry estimated that total losses caused by the recent floods in terms of destruction to hospitals and clinics in the east coast recently stood at RM281 million.
Deputy Health Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya said the losses involved damages to 60 government clinics and various infrastructures including in hospitals which were destroyed as a result of the natural disaster.
“Hospitals in the east coast were not seriously damaged except for the Hospital Raja Perempuan Zainab II in Kota Baharu, Kelantan which was badly affected because flood waters had entered the premises besides the lack of facilities during the incident.
“The ministry takes a serious view on the matter (floods) and we are prepared in case the third wave of the of the flood strikes, the ministry does not want hospitals to be affected due to the disaster,” he told reporters after officiating a Cancer Awareness Program organised by the Perai Kilat Club, here today.
Dr Hilmi, who is also the member of parliament for Balik Pulau, said that initially the ministry would build temporary tent clinics to replace the 60 clinics destroyed by the floods.
He said the reconstruction of the destroyed clinics would be carried in the middle of the year and they would be built on higher ground to prevent them from being inundated during the floods. – Bernama