KUCHING: Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Sarawak Women wing has welcomed the proposal to set up the Sarawak Cancer Centre.
It said the establishment of the cancer centre would benefit the local residents, allowing them access to affordable and quality medical treatment.
“Every resident of the state regardless of locality should not be left out of access to health facilities which is generally a necessity in the community.
“Wanita Keadilan Sarawak welcomes the state government’s willingness to discuss with the Prime Minister and the Minister of Health on the proposed establishment of a cancer centre in the state,” it said on Sunday (Oct 3).
The party said it often received complaints from rural dwellers especially in Lawas who had to spend hundreds of ringgits just for transportation to get therapy services in Sabah.
“What is sad is that some (lives were) lost due to various obstacles in terms of distance and costs that had to be borne to get treatment.
“Wanita Keadilan Sarawak hopes that the delivery of health services in Malaysia should and continue to be fair and of high quality and hopes that our health system needs to be transformed to be more efficient and sustainable,” it said.
Last month, Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said the Sarawak government would discuss with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob and Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin on the proposal to set up the centre.
Due to the recent change of federal government, the engagement on the proposal with Putrajaya had to be restarted, he said.
Dr Sim said this was despite discussions on the proposal were already in the final stage with the former Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and previous Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba.
“Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg has been very kind to offer financial options to the federal government so that our people in Sarawak can have the best cancer treatment facility locally,” he said.