Abortion clinic closed

PHOTO: Abortion clinic closed

BUKIT MERTAJAM - The state health authorities have sealed a single-storey house at Taman Saujana Permai here where cosmetic surgeries and abortions were being illegally carried out.

State Health, Welfare, Caring Society and Environmental Committee chairman Phee Boon Poh said, acting on a tip off, the Seberang Prai Municipal Council (MPSP) and the health authorities raided the premises on Wednesday after a day-long surveillance.

He said initial investigations revealed the unlicensed premises were used by an unqualified medical practitioner to conduct abortions and cosmetic surgeries.

Phee said that there were no patients around when the clinic was raided.

"The health inspectors recorded statements from a couple in their 40s who operated the centre," Phee said after opening the YMCA Asia Pacific Green workshop at Dewan Taman Desa here yesterday.

It is learnt that the premises has been operating since 2009.