Lo Khere Chiang hopes to see Padawan 1Malaysia clinic in operation again
Padawan Municipal council Chairman, Lo Khere Chiang who is also State Assemblyman for Batu Kitang said the closure of the Mile 10, 1Malaysia clinic is not logical as the Sentosa hospital and Sarawak General hospital are experiencing congestion.
He said based on his experience, our main challenge is uneven distributions of doctors especially specialists across the country. “We have a lot of doctors, enough to cater for our population, but they are mainly concentrated in west Malaysia. We are seriously lacking of specialists in various fields in Sarawak, especially in smaller town like Sibu, Bintulu, Miri, Limbang. While the services of clinic 1Malaysia may not be absolutely comprehensive, it serves its purpose of providing necessary health care for simple sickness and affordable medicine. There is no need to queue at the general hospital and relieves the general hospital from the burden to entertain small cases and have the time and enregy to deal with major cases,” he added.
Lo asked what is the point of Prime Minister to take over Sarawak when the promises of returning Sarawak’s rights and Sarawak’s wealth have not been fulfilled? Where are those promises to return authority and rights under public health and education back to Sarawak? If Sarawak were to determine our own policies on public health and education, maintain English as the language of information, science and technology, Sarawak will undoubtedly excel, just like our neighbours, Singapore and Brunei.
The people of Sarawak must realise that Sarawak has been neglected all these years. Sarawak’s advance health care has been underdeveloped and Sarawak is seriously in need of a cancer centre and we have asked for money for ages from the federal government and till now still nothing. We are also in serious need for a university hospital for Unimas and again it has been 20 years since the starts of medical school in unimas and we have no hospital also. This is very disappointing and embarrassing. Where is the 20% oil royalty promised by PH and the return of public health and education autonomy back to Sarawak? Not a cent till today and Tun Dr. Mahathir still wants to take over Sarawak!
He added a Cancer centre is really needed as he personally knew of a lot of poor patients poor asking for help for money to travel to KL for transplantation and various types of treatment. “If we have one, we can help a lot of local people here. A cancer centre will also attract many local good specialist to return to Sarawak, just like Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hien who has kept many cardiologist in Sarawak with his heart centre,” he added.
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