Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin has denied claims that Datuk Seri Najib Razak will be sent to the National Heart Institute (IJN) for treatment.
He said prisoners need to undergo treatment at government hospitals according to the stated procedures.
“The procedure is to refer inmates to government hospitals and in Najib’s case Health Ministry director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah had decided that he (Najib) be sent to Hospital KL (HKL) on Monday,” Sinar Harian quoted Khairy as saying.
Earlier Tuesday (Sept 13), Najib’s lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah told the High Court his client has been warded at Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL) since Monday (Sept 12) and could be referred to the National Heart Institute (IJN).
IJN is a private entity under the Malaysian Finance Ministry.
Khairy also said Najib’s blood pressure medication was not changed as he was given generic medication by HKL that was made of the same formula as the medication he had previously been taking.
He said that a statement alleging Najib’s medication had been changed did not properly present the full picture.
“He used to purchase his medication from a private hospital. When he was admitted to HKL, we gave him medication that government hospitals give.
“The medicine is the same, the formula is the same. The shape is just generic,” Khairy said.
He emphasised that Najib is in stable condition and will remain in HKL despite rumours that he might be transferred to the National Heart Institute.
The former premier, however, will undergo another round of tests following claims that he was suffering from stomach ulcers and high blood pressure.
“Najib appears to be in a satisfactory condition to be sent back, and his doctors are ordering additional tests to clarify his condition,” said Khairy, stressing that the former prime minister was being given the best possible treatment.