Need For Public Transport Service To Kuala Lumpur Health Clinic

By Nurhafizah Tan

KUALA LUMPUR, April 21 (Bernama) -- The unavailability of public transport to Kuala Lumpur Health Clinic, situated inJalan Fletcher here, is causinganxiety amongpatients, particularly those in the lower and middle income bracket.

Patients lamented that the location of the clinic was rather isolated and also posed a safety risk as they had to walk about 400 metres from the nearest bus station at the National Heart Institute (IJN) to the health clinic.

Christine Lee, 56, who suffers from chronic joint pain and fully depends on public transport said she was disappointed that the clinic was not built near a public transport facility such as light rail transit (LRT), monorail or bus station.

She requires regular treatment and has to goto the clinic twicea week.

"Those who are young and able may not face any problem but for an aged person like me,with my painful knees, it is tiring and difficult," she told Bernama.

Meanwhile, shop assistant Rohaya Shamsudin, 40,who suffers from a skin disease said she had to forkout more than RM20each time she goes to the clinic for follow-up specialisttreatment.

"I dont have a car, so fromKerinchi,I have to use two connecting LRT trains and then take a taxi," she said.

Housewife Siti Salmah Wahab, 54, who has high blood pressure depends on her husband to send heronhis motorcycle to the clinic for routine medical examination.

"When it was atKuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL), I used to take the monorail to ChowKit station and then go on foot. But now I have to wait for my husband to send and fetch me as there is no train or busto the clinic," she said.

K.Kannan, 60, opined that provision of public facilities such as health clinics shouldconveniently go together with public transport accessibility in consideration of lower income members of society.

"I hope a shuttle bus service would be provided as soon as possible, otherwise patients would feel financiallyburdened if they have to take a taxiwhenever they need to go to the clinic fortreatment," he said.

Kuala Lumpur Health Clinicbuilt at a cost of RM50 million was opened on April 3, 2017to replace the outpatient department at HKL and ease congestion. It provides 12 types of health service including outpatient;dental;mother and child;specialist;rehabilitation;x-ray;laboratory; and pharmacy.