Sarawak heath facilities found wanting

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KUCHING: The health facilities and medical staff in Sarawak needs to be increased aggressively, said Kota Samarahan MP Rubiah Wang.

She said Sarawak despite covering a vast area of 124,500 square kilometres is only equipped with 24 government hospitals and 17 private hospitals.

“This is with a number of 4,215 doctors compared to the total number of doctors in Malaysia which is 71,041. So roughly every medical officer will serve 763 residents in the Sarawak or a radius of 33 square kilometres.

“The ratio of one doctor to the population in Malaysia at this time is for 454 patients. Sarawak is still far from the target in the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP) which is the ratio of one doctor for 400 patients,” she said in Parliament on Wednesday (Sept 29).

Rubiah said the number of medical facilities and staff in Sarawak needs to be increased based on the population rate and the distance between areas.

“So far there are still 20 districts in Sarawak that still do not have clinics and hospitals.

We hope the Ministry of Health will implement the proposal for the construction of hospitals with a capacity of 76 beds or less especially for rural districts.

“Similarly, they must implement the construction of 94 Type 5 and 6 clinics with quarters and barracks such as the proposed construction of Stakan Health Clinic and Kampung Melayu Clinic,” she said.

At the same time, Rubiah pointed out that there are many rural clinics that needs to be upgraded as the clinics were built from wood and have limited facilities.

“An example of this are the health clinics in Kampung Lubok Ria and Kampung Sambir in Kota Samarahan,” she said.

The MP also requested that the Kota Samarahan Health Clinic which receives more than a thousand patients a day be upgraded.

“The clinic is now facing extraordinary congestion that the clinic management has to arrange treatment schedules for patients.

“The number of car parks should be increased and the number of entrances should also be increased to overcome congestion at the clinic,” she said.

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