KUALA LUMPUR - The Health Ministry plans to have 175 1Malaysia clinics by year-end due to the high demand, said Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
"The clinics have benefited some five million patients so far. The response has been very encouraging.
"There are currently 119 1Malaysia clinics in operation nationwide while 56 more are in various stages of implementation," he said at the launch of the 1Malaysia clinic at the Danau Kota flats here yesterday.
Liow said they planned to expand the clinics' services to include healthcare for mothers and children beginning next year.
The 1Malaysia clinics, he said, would make it easier for patients to seek treatment as they were open from 10am to 10pm and located near residences.
Patients, he said, could seek treatment at the community-based clinics but needed to go to a hospital for serious ailments.
The clinics offer treatment for minor ailments such as cough, flu and fever, basic dressings, sugar and urine tests as well as health advice, among others.
Liow later attended the Hari Raya open house organised by Wangsa Maju MCA division chief Datuk Yew Teong Look's service centre. Yew was formerly the Wangsa Maju MP.