Dr Sim: Private clinics running low on medication may borrow from govt facilities

A screenshot of Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian speaking in the one-minute video published on his Telegram account today.

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By Nur Ashikin Louis

KUCHING, June 20: Private clinics running low on medicine may now borrow supplies from government facilities, says Sarawak Minister of Public Health, Local Government and Housing Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian.

He noted that recently, there have been shortages of medicine in local private GP clinics and pharmacies which led to him conveying the matter to Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin (KJ).

“I’m very grateful that when I conveyed this message to KJ, he took immediate action. Now those private clinics (falling) short of medication, they can borrow from government facilities.

“And those patients from these private clinics, they can also get their prescriptions and go buy their medication from private pharmacies or walk in to any government clinics so they can get their medication,” he said in a one-minute video uploaded to his Telegram account today.

Following this, Dr Sim further said there will be no issue of medicine shortages that can lead to the endangerment of Sarawakians’ health.

“We try our best to make sure everyone stay healthy and stay strong,” he added.

On June 13, Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii via a statement, highlighted a paediatric specialist clinic in Miri which was unable to treat children suffering from fever, cough and cold because medicine supplies including Ventolin to treat asthma, have run out. — DayakDaily