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KUCHING, Nov 13: Democratic Action Party (DAP) Sarawak handed over a RM20,000 allocation to Tanah Puteh Health Clinic today to buy medical equipment and supplies.
Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii said the allocation will be utilised to procure fogging machines, disinfectants, otoscope, blood analysers, BP (blood pressure monitor) sets, oximeters, trolley-carts and other non-medical equipment including cabinets for storing reagents, air-conditioners, tables and chairs.
The team also handed over boxes of personal protective equipment (PPE) and face shield for the clinic staff to use as they continue to conduct Covid-19 screening especially on those with Influenza-like (ILI) symptoms.
He further said as one of the oldest clinics in Kuching, Tanah Puteh Health Clinic has a lot of needs.
“I always emphasise that medical staff are at the forefront of medical care, so their welfare must be given attention in order to provide better quality medical services to patients.
“During this Covid-19 pandemic, the Clinic was also selected as the government clinic for testing and screening. Therefore, the basic facilities and medical equipment of the clinic urgently need to be improved to cope with the increasing number of patients,” he said.
Dr Yii also said in his first year of assuming office, he had allocated about RM18,000 to buy new chairs and tables for the clinic staff in their office and consultation rooms.
“The following year, I have allocated RM 177,350 to refurbish the clinic, including repainting the building, upgrading the air-conditioning, purchasing dental and medical equipment and supplies as well as building an outdoor awning so that ambulances can drop patients under a shade and patients can wait outside even when it is raining.
“This year when we were informed that their ILI and Covid-19 screening bay often floods when it rains heavily, I have also allocated funds to upgrade the area, including putting up barriers to make sure the water does not flow into the area.
“We just want to try our best to provide a better environment so that the medical staff can also provide better quality medical services to patients,” he added. — DayakDaily