LTSAS as an International Airport to Boost Health Tourism Sector Growth

By: Rosli Mansor

IPOH: The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of KPJ Ipoh Specialist Hospital, Badrul Hisyam Ibrahim, expresses hope for the state government’s initiative to transform Sultan Azlan Shah Airport (LTSAS), Ipoh, into an international airport.

He believes that this effort can attract more visitors, especially by enhancing health tourism in the state.

“I hope that this initiative can be realized, simultaneously advancing Ipoh as a competitive health city by 2025,” he said.

“Recently, the Mayor of Ipoh, Dato’ Rumaizi Baharin, announced that Ipoh is set to become a health city by 2025. Health tourism has indeed had a significant impact, especially post-pandemic, where patients have the freedom to choose their desired treatment centres,” he told reporters during the Ayam Brand Community Care Campaign 2023 held here today.

He further emphasised the positive response from both domestic and foreign tourists seeking treatment at the hospital.

“We have established a special team to serve patients coming from abroad, such as Medan and China. They will be welcomed from the airport to facilitate their medical procedures with KPJ.

“KPJ now makes history as the first hospital in the country equipped with a specialized centre for stroke patients. To enhance service efficiency, we aspire to expand the existing hospital facilities,” he added.

Meanwhile, through the Ayam Brand Community Care Campaign 2023 (KKP2023), Ayam Brand celebrated its 131st anniversary, involving 97 orphaned children from various backgrounds.

According to Badrul Hisyam, this marks the first collaboration between KPJ and Ayam Brand, successfully realizing KKP2023 with the theme #AyamBersamaMU, focusing on ‘Enhancing Health Together with Ayam Brand.

“This campaign exposes children to the practice of balanced and nutritious eating through workshops based on the concept of 3S (Suku-suku Separuh) Healthy Plate Malaysia,” he said.

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