SHAH ALAM, May 19 – Selgate Corporation Sdn Bhd, through its health care subsidiary, Selgate Healthcare Sdn Bhd, today launched the Selgate Healthcare Centre at Universiti Selangor (Unisel) in Shah Alam, Selangor.
The health care centre houses a Selcare general practitioner (GP) clinic, a Selcare dental clinic, Jovian Selcare pharmacy, and a Selcare diagnostics laboratory.
Selgate Corp group chief executive Noor Hisham Mohd Ghouth said the one-stop health care centre at Unisel marks an important milestone for the state-linked company as it aspires to provide quality and affordable personalised health care services for all.
“Selgate envisions to be one of the leading private health care operators in Malaysia and we are striving to provide quality health care that is affordable at the same time to fill the gap in underserved areas,” Noor Hisham said at the launch of Selgate Healthcare Centre here today.
Present at the launch was Selangor Menteri Besar Amirudin Shari and Selangor’s Public Health, Unity, Women and Family executive councillor Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud. Selgate is fully owned by the state-owned Selangor State Development Corporation (PKNS).
The launch of the Selgate Healthcare Centre, which cost RM3.5 million in total, Noor Hisham said, adds to Selgate Corp’s growing list of health care subsidiaries and services nationwide.
Selgate currently has 16 Selcare GP clinics with 43 doctors, three Selcare dental clinics, four Jovian Selcare pharmacies, one Selcare diagnostics lab, according to its website.
Noor Hisham told reporters that the diagnostics lab has a capacity to run 500 blood samples in an hour, including for leukemia, thalassemia, and dengue. The lab can also conduct polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests and can process up to 100 samples in four hours.
Dr Siti Mariah said the Selgate Healthcare Centre will participate in the Selangor Screening Programme, which will kick off on Sunday (May 22) in Ijok, Selangor. The screening programme covers three disease categories namely non-communicable diseases (NCDs) like heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, and kidney disease; cancer; and eye-related diseases.
Registrations can be made through the SELangkah application from May 16, 2022.
Apart from Selcare clinics, pharmacies, and the Selcare diagnostics lab, Selgate is also the owner of state health app, SELangkah, and has an insurance and nursing arm.
Selgate is also planning to construct and operate seven hospitals, with a capacity of over 800 beds, over the next five years. In an interview with The Edge earlier this year, Noor Hisham said Selgate’s goal is to function in a “similar manner” to KPJ Healthcare Bhd, owned by Johor Corp, and TDM Bhd for the Terengganu state government.
KPJ has 28 hospitals in Malaysia with 3,230 beds, two hospitals in Indonesia, one hospital in Bangladesh and a share in a hospital in Thailand. KPJ also operates senior and assisted living care centres locally and in Australia, as well as a university college and a nursing college.
TDM operates five hospitals with 401 beds locally, and has oil palm plantations both in Malaysia and Indonesia.
Amirudin, in his speech, expressed Selangor’s ambition to create a “comprehensive” health ecosystem that can provide the best health care services, especially for low-income and middle-income earners, and allows the state to better respond to future challenges arising from natural disasters and pandemics.
Noor Hisham said Selgate is committed and supportive towards both federal and state government policies to move towards a more advanced country through contributions in the health sector.
“Our cooperation with the state government in combating the Covid-19 pandemic since the beginning is a testament to our commitment and has also proven that partnerships between government and corporate bodies are important for the well-being of the people of Selangor,” Noor Hisham said.
Noor Hisham said the establishment of Selgate Healthcare Centre is also consistent with the Selangor state government’s determination to improve and upgrade health services in urban areas, especially in the state capital, Shah Alam.
“With the development of this one-stop health centre, Selgate can help promote Selangor as one of the ideal health tourism destinations as well as boost the state’s economy.
“We live in uncertain times, but access to quality health care should not be compromised. We want to provide people with continuous care, giving them more convenience and access to consultation and health care services to a specialist of their choice,” Noor Hisham added.