Selangau needs a hospital

Christopher Gira Sambang.

KUCHING: It is time for Selangau to have a hospital built in the district, said Tamin assemblyman Christopher Gira Sambang.

He said the population in the district is over 3,000 and building a hospital is a positive step towards giving more convenience to the people.

He said this in his speech during the Malaysia Prihatin programme at Selangau community hall recently.

“To get treatment, people need to go to hospitals in Sibu, Bintulu or even to Mukah. By travelling over the distance from their homes could worsen the conditions of the sick.

“There is an urgent need to upgrade health clinics in the district, namely health clinics in Sungai Arip, Tepus, Sekuau, Nanga Tamin including the Pasai Siong Hill Health Clinic in Sibu,” he added.

Gira also suggested having a Haemodialysis Centre nearby, which is needed for 30 kidney patients to run dialysis.

“We were informed that the construction of the centre is still in the process of tender,” he pointed out.

“Selangau Health Clinic does not have any kind of machinery or facilities to help the patients, such as an x-ray machine,” he added.

He also has requested a block quarters with 31 residential units to accommodate health staff in the district. At the moment, they have to commute from Sibu for work.

Also present at the programme were Deputy Health Minister II Datuk Aaron Ago Dagang, deputy state health director (management) Paul Sazib Riget, Sibu division health officer Dr Teh Jo Hun and representative of Selangau district officer Siti Zaharah Mohamad Mahmood.