KUCHING: Bintulu MP Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing reminded the Bintulu Division Health Office to treat the health of dwellers with the utmost seriousness.
He said that his service centre had been inundated with complaints from residents citing the lack of professionalism and a worryingly lacklustre response by the health office.
“After being diagnosed with Covid-19, a patient’s fellow village resident had requested the Health Office to carry out disinfectant exercise in their village, which must be withheld for privacy reasons.
“Disappointingly, the office responded to say it cannot perform the service due to manpower shortage and incredulously, asked the villagers to carry their own cleaning exercises,” he said in a statement on Friday night.
Tiong said such response from the office is totally unacceptable and unprofessional, more so during the current movement control order (MCO).
“Ordering villagers to congregate to do their own cleaning directly contravenes the MCO. At best, it shows the thoughtlessness of the office.
“To add insult to injury, those villagers were told to buy their own disinfectant and cleaning solutions. The government in fact has these supplies so why were they withholding them at this critical time?” he asked.
The Bintulu MP said he was appalled to hear these complaints in person when speaking to the villagers.
“I urge the Health Bureau to live up to their responsibility to take care of the people first and take a proactive measure to stem the pandemic at this time. They are responsible for many lives and must act likewise,” he said.