THE Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) University Teaching Hospital (HPU UiTM) Puncak Alam is expected to provide healthcare services to some three million residents living in the northern Selangor area when it opens.
Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Dr Noraini Ahmad said this would include the 500,000 people living in Puncak Alam, the location of the teaching hospital.
The hospital, she added, has 400 beds, 98 specialist clinics, 17 operation theatres and wards as well as 16 dialysis seats in its 10 floors.
She said that the hospital — built in April 2017 — can accommodate the teaching and learning for 750 students at any one time. “The government hopes that HPU UiTM will increase access, especially to quality medical services, to the residents, ” she said during the HPU UiTM handover ceremony on March 23.
She added that teaching hospitals are not just centres to spread medical knowledge but also function as regular hospitals and provide healthcare services to the community.
In 30 years, Noraini said, a RM56bil return on investment from outpatient and inpatient treatment is projected.
UiTM deputy vice-chancellor (Academic and International) Prof Dr Roziah Mohd Janor said this hospital will have the space to strengthen teaching for UiTM’s pharmacy, dentistry and health sciences faculties by applying the latest teaching systems in the management and operation of hospital services.
Spread over 11.2ha, the RM599mil hospital will begin operations in stages from April 5. – By REBECCA RAJAENDRAM