Malaysia: Ministry may build green hospital

MIRI: The Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water is looking into building a green hospital to support the national green technology policy.

Its minister Datuk Seri Peter Chin Fah Kui said the development of a hospital, renovation and maintenance now and in the future must be designed according to the green technology concept.

“The ministry is working closely with Greentech Malaysia to develop a ‘Low Carbon Cities Framework and Assessment System’ to create a sustainable community and environment.

“LCCF will be the guideline for stakeholders providing planning and development to reduce the Green House Gases (GHG),” he stated when officiating at “World Diabetes Day Carnival: Save Our Environment and Protect Our Future” at Bintang Megamall here yesterday.

Thus, Chin suggested that a more comfortable environment be constructed in the hospital and its lighting system be obtained from the direct reflection of sunlight.

The building component can be either stone or mirror which can be built using special materials in the middle as a temperature insulator, the usage of solar photovoltaic system for electricity supply as well as collecting rain water to water the surrounding garden, daily usage or can be used to cool and heat the building.

The authority can perhaps create an efficient transportation system to avoid traffic congestion as well as to solve the shortage of parking spaces at the hospital.

The hospital also must be packaged with green landscape and provide a footpath for recreational purpose, thus providing a tranquil environment to members of public and the patients.

Touching on diabetes, he expressed his concern on the increasing number of this silent disease lately. In view of that, he called upon members of public to practice a healthy lifestyle by following the five easy scopes stated under the Healthy Lifestyle Campaign which are conducting physical activity, healthy eating, don’t smoke, handle stress well and don’t drink alcohol.

“We must take the right diet by giving priority to vegetables and fruits in our daily diet.

“Other than that, scheduled medical check-up will promise a healthy lifestyle by detecting earlier symptoms such as diabetes as well as getting enough rest between six to eight hours a day.”

Also present were political secretary Datuk Sebastian Ting Chiew Yew, the joint organising committee Dr Chieng Lee Ling, chairman of Miri Division Malaysia Diabetes Association Tony Yeo and managing director of Bintang Megamall Miri Dato Lau Siu Wai.

Source: Borneo Post Online

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