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KTM Bhd and healthcare provider CVSKL have launched a partnership to provide free rides to patients across Peninsular Malaysia. The initiative aims to enhance the healthcare industry by providing hassle-free transportation for patients who need critical cardiac and vascular treatments. CVSKL is located in the nation’s transportation hub, KL Sentral, where most passenger rail networks converge.

Patients from all over Malaysia are often referred by their primary doctor to CVSKL.

The KTMB-CVSKL partnership was piloted in 2022 to encourage response. With the official launch, both parties hope to improve healthcare tourism by providing a more seamless access to patients.

Present at the launch were CVSKL chairman Tan Sri Dr Yahya Awang, its chief executive officer Tan Eng Ghee and KTM Bhd Group chief executive officer Datuk Mohd Rani Hisham Samsudin, as well as representatives from both parties.

Mohd Rani said they wanted to encourage medical tourism as well as remind people to take heart health seriously.

“We are proud of this partnership with CVSKL that aligns with the mission of KTMB to provide safe, reliable, comfortable and sustainable rail services on time, every time.”

Dr Yahya said CVSKL was recognised as a centre of excellence for cardiac and vascular matters.

“The patients that we treat not only come from the Klang Valley but as far as Butterworth and Ipoh.

“We hope that this initiative will provide convenience to our patients.

“We’d also like to thank KTMB for supporting this wholeheartedly,” he added.

Tan said the collaboration allowed CVSKL to address patients’ needs, including transportation.

“We envision the patient’s journey even before they get to the hospital and we want to make it easier for them,” he said. CVSKL said it was mulling working with other rail lines to further serve the community.