Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Malaysian Lifestyle: Medicine-by-post service launched

PUTRAJAYA: The 1Malaysia medical service through the post specifically for those suffering from chronic diseases, such as diabetes and high blood pressure, was launched yesterday by Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

He said with the service, patients need not go to hospital to get their medication.

"The medication will be sent to their house, office or any destination they choose by PosLaju," he told a press conference.

Liow said positive feedback had been received from the pilot project carried out at Putrajaya Hospital from October 2009 to last month, involving 1,054 patients.

The service is now expanded to include main hospitals in every state as well as the Selayang Hospital, Putrajaya Health Clinic and Luyang Health Clinic in Sabah.

The cost of delivery will be borne by the patients -- RM3.50 in Putrajaya, RM5 in Peninsular Malaysia, and RM8 in Sabah and Sarawak.

Liow said the service would involve more health facilities in the future.

"For this month, Putrajaya Hospital has received 296 applications for the service."

On the medicine to be delivered, Liow said his ministry and Pos Malaysia would ensure that it would not be tampered with.

Pos Malaysia chief executive office Datuk Syed Faisal Albar said the packages could be checked via a tracking system.

In Kuching,38 people with chronic diseases have registered with the state Health Department to receive their medicine through the service.

At the state launch of the service at Sarawak General Hospital, Health deputy director Dr Junaidi Deki said it would be hassle-free for the patient.

"It will save time and cost because they do not have to go to the hospital for their medicine as it will be delivered through the PosLaju service."

He said the handicapped could also obtain their prescriptions via post.

*Taken from NST Online

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