Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has launched 12 health projects in Penang valued at RM1.64 billion.
The 12 projects involves the construction of the specialist clinic block and the maternity ward of the Penang General Hospital (HPP); the construction of the women's block and the children's block of HPP; the construction of HPP quarters; upgrading of HPP phase II; upgrading of the HPP transplant services including the allogenic bone marrow transplant and the construction of the Kepala Batas Nurses College in Bertam.
These are in addition to the upgrading of the centralised air conditioning system operation theatre and electrical system of the Bukit Mertajam Hospital; the construction of the Bandar Perda Health Clinic; upgrading of the Seberang Jaya Hospital; construction of the multi-level block of the Seberang Jaya Hospital; construction of the Air Putih Health Clinic (Type 3) in the South-West District and Upgrading the Emergency and Outpatient Department of Balik Pulau Hospital.
Najib said the 12 projects were the continued initiative of the federal government in looking after the welfare and prosperity of the people in the state.
"It is true that we give a lot to Penang. Within the last five years we have given RM4 billion to Penang. We don't neglect Penang. We will continue with this project and today we launch 12 projects," he said.
Najib also launched 22 units of new ambulances for the health facilities in Penang and approved RM10 million for the construction of an overhead bridge in Kampung Seronok, Bayan Lepas.