Thursday, July 11, 2013

Health Ministry plans to expand PPC unit

Health Ministry plans to expand PPC unit – BorneoPost Online 
JOHOR BAHARU: The Ministry of Health intends to expand its Paediatric Palliative Care (PPC) services in an effort to improve the quality of life and reduce stress among children who suffer from chronic illnesses that lead to death.
Its minister Datuk Dr S Subramaniam said so far, such a service centre was only available at the Sultan Ismail Hospital (HSI) here which has been operating for the past three months and currently treats 57 patients.
“This PPC centre is the first of its kind in the country and we intend to expand this service elsewhere as we find the method of treatment better and gives encouraging results.
“In contrast to the treatment at normal wards, children placed in this ward are treated in a more friendly environment while the family becomes part of the patient’s treatment system,” he told reporters after attending the opening of the PPC centre at HSI by Raja Zarith Sofiah Sultan Idris Shah, the consort of Sultan Ibrahim Ismail of Johor yesterday. — Bernama

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