KUCHING: More Anjung Kasih facilities are in the pipeline at various hospitals around the country, in addition to the eight that are already in operation.
Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Karim said Anjung Kasih was a necessity for family members from outstation areas who could not afford to stay at hotels or lodging houses while caring for their hospitalised relatives.
“We currently have 14 hospitals requesting for Anjung Kasih facilities and very soon we are going to set up a few.
“The first in the pipeline is Serdang hospital in collaboration with Tenaga Nasional Bhd, followed by Sandakan hospital with Petronas,” she told reporters after the official opening of Anjung Kasih at Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) here.
Anjung Kasih is a hostel-like facility provided by the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry through National Welfare Foundation.
Rohani said her ministry would expand existing Anjung Kasih facilities if space was available.
“For instance, I have a request from Miri Hospital to expand the Anjung Kasih.
“We do not mind expanding but the space must be there because Anjung Kasih must be located in the hospital compound,” she said.
She also said the Anjung Kasih at SGH was the largest to date with 104 beds in 46 rooms. It has a dining room, bathrooms, laundry area, kitchen and counselling rooms.
Some 4,162 people have stayed at the Anjung Kasih at SGH since it began operations in December 2013.
Besides SGH, Anjung Kasih facilities have been set up at hospitals in Selayang, Kuantan, Temerloh, Seremban, Ipoh, Sibu and Miri.
Sarawak Governor Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud, who opened the Anjung Kasih at SGH, commended the initiative as a way to ease the burden of those accompanying hospitalised patients.
He donated RM100,000 to YKN for the Anjung Kasih.
Residents at Anjung Kasih enjoy free accommodation while two meals a day are provided by NGOs.
Catherine Jungai, a farmer from Miri, said being able to stay at the Anjung Kasih in SGH was a great help to her.
“I have been staying here for nearly a month to look after my mother, who is warded at SGH. The facilities are comfortable and we are given two meals a day,” she said.
Source: The Star