Health lab to complement Infectious Disease Centre

Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian

KUCHING: The proposed public health laboratory will complement the state government’s Infectious Disease Centre, said Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian.

He said the matter was discussed during Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba’s working visit to Sarawak recently.

“The Sarawak public health lab by the Health Ministry will further increase our lab-testing facilities.

“They will work hand-in-hand and complement the Sarawak government’s RM200 million Infectious Disease Centre which is slated for completion by 2023 to 2024,” he said in a Facebook post on Tuesday (Apr 13).

Dr Sim said he is also looking forward to the next step for the proposed Sarawak Cancer Centre with the Health Ministry.

He said the centre is very much needed with cancer being the second highest cause of death in Sarawak. He added that the proposal was supported by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg and Dr Adham.

On the Health Minister’s visit to Sarawak, Dr Sim said it shows that although health is under the federal government, the state government can work closely with them, especially pertaining to Covid-19. 

“I am grateful for the frank expert professional discussion and exchanges.

“We need some enhancement on work process and coordination, additional support on equipment and human resources, and an increase on the enforcement of the standard operating procedures,” he said.

Dr Sim also thanked the federal government’s acknowledgement for Sarawak’s efforts in the last eleven months for helping, facilitating and complimenting it during the pandemic. 

“We are also grateful (for the federal government) for helping Sarawak to reach its target to complete the vaccination programme by August,” he said.