Ministry: Number of heart specialists will be increased

Deputy Health Minister Dr Lee Boon Chye says the ministry needs to have between 120 and 150 heart specialists serving in the nine heart treatment centres in the country. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: The health ministry will increase the number of heart specialists to ensure the best service is given to patients, said its deputy minister Dr Lee Boon Chye.

He said at present, there are only 30 to 40 cardiologists in government hospitals, which was not enough to treat the increasing number of heart patients.

He said the ministry needed to have between 120 and 150 heart specialists serving in nine heart treatment centres throughout the country.

“The ministry has provided various types of training and seminars specifically for doctors so that they will be interested in becoming heart experts.

“After the training, they will be based at heart treatment centres such as Serdang Hospital.

“We believe that the training and opportunities will produce more heart specialists,” he said after launching the 9th National Acute Myocardial Infarction Course (Namic) organised by the Cardiology Department in Serdang Hospital here today.

Lee said the number of heart disease cases in the country was increasing, with senior citizens making up the most cases.

He added that equipment and facilities in heart treatment centres in the country were at a satisfactory level, but this could still be improved.

“The ministry will ensure there will be allocations for the supply of apparatus so that proper treatment can be given quickly,” he said.


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