The government is planning to upgrade the pathology unit at the Raja Perempuan Zainab II Hospital (HRPZ II) in Kota Bharu, Kelantan to accommodate the growing work load in the unit.
Deputy Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya said the Public Works Department (PWD) was currently studying the one-acre (0.40 hectare) parking area of the hospital for the construction of the unit's new building.
"The pathology unit at the Raja Perempuan Zainab II Hospital is very crucial because apart from doing normal work such as anatomy, chemistry and biology pathology, this unit is also a referral centre for microbiological tests in the east coast zone region.
"As of now, the work load is very high with four million tests carried out in 2015 and 3.8 million tests in 2015. We admit the condition of the unit is shabby and small and we have plans to build a new one," he said.