The Serdang Hospital in Malaysia will construct the country’s second paediatric cardiac intensive care unit before the end of 2012 with an investment of MYR20m ($6.3m).
The new centre is expected to minimise waiting times for children needing heart surgeries.
Malaysian health minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai was reported by Bernama as saying that the number of babies needing treatment and heart operations had increased, meaning there was an urgent need for the unit.
"Considering the increasing heart problems that affect the babies, we need to increase the number of centres to meet the need for urgent heart operations by the babies," Liow said.
"The Serdang Hospital, which has conducted many heart surgeries, is well-known for its number of heart specialists working in the hospital.
"With the setting of the Serdang Hospital, the waiting period for the heart operation has been reduced."
Currently Malaysia has only one paediatric cardiac intensive care unit at National Heart Institute (IJN), which treats approximatley1500 child heart patients every year.
Serdang Hospital, which opened on 15 December 2005 and has 620 beds, is one of the hi-tech hospitals planned by the Malaysian Government.