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Positive response to Schools in Hospitals


SELAYANG: A TOTAL of 40,568 students seeking treatment at government hospitals have benefited from the Schools in Hospitals (SDH) initiative between July 2011 and March this year.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said three more SDHs would be opened in Negri Sembilan, Sabah and Sarawak by year-end under the programme’s fourth phase, to add to the 10 SDHs nationwide.

“A study among SDH students conducted by Hospital Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Temerloh last year showed that a number of them said their illnesses were less painful after taking part in the initiative.

“The study also revealed the students were more cheerful, manageable and tolerant of their medical procedures and recovered faster,” he said at the launch of the second and third phase of the SDH project at Selayang Hospital yesterday.

Present were Muhyiddin’s wife and SDH patron, Puan Sri Noorainee Abdul Rahman, Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohamad Ali, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam, Deputy Education Minister II P. Kamalanathan and Education director-general Datuk Dr Khair Mohamad Yusof.

The second phase involved the setting up of SDHs at Sultanah Aminah Hospital in Johor Baru, Johor; Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Hospital in Temerloh, Pahang; Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur; and, Universiti Sains Malaysia Hospital in Kubang Kerian, Kelantan.

In the third phase, SDHs would be set up at Sultanah Fatimah Specialist Hospital in Muar, Johor; Universiti Malaya Medical Centre in Petaling Jaya, Selangor; and, Selayang Hospital here.

Muhyiddin, who is also the education minister, said the fun learning approach of the SDHs had a positive effect on students and their rehabilitation process.

“The education ministry will also carry out a more comprehensive study on the link between studying in SDHs and the development of clinical patients.”

He praised 80 teachers and 18 students’ management assistants for their commitment to the project.

“I’m grateful that we are able to provide education to pupils suffering from health problems.”

He said the ministry would continue to increase access to education for all children, with such initiatives laid out in the recently launched Malaysia National Education Development Plan’s annual report.

Dr Subramaniam said 11 per cent of the 1,971,393 patients admitted to government hospitals were aged between 5 and 19.

“A large number are school-going students. Many of them have chronic illnesses, resulting in their absence in schools.

“Therefore, the SDH project ensured that their studies are taken care of,”.


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