GPS’ Chieng pledges to push for Jalan Oya clinic extension to alleviate overloading

Chieng elaborating on the clinic expansion project.

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SIBU, Dec 8: The Jalan Oya clinic which was built 20 years ago is overloading with 1,500 to 1,800 patients per day and an extension is needed.

Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) candidate for Bukit Assek, Joseph Chieng said at a press conference today that despite having to wait for a longer period for their turn to receive the services of the clinic, people still prefer going there due to its strategic location.

“Most of the people staying in Bukit Assek area are elderly people and migrants from rural areas. As they do not have transport to go to the Lanang Health clinic which is 3km away, they prefer to come here,” he said.

Those who drive to the clinic are often forced to park illegally outside the clinic.

“As it is such a small clinic, it has been overloaded for so many years already as there is no other alternative for the residents,” Chieng said.

Due to this situation, Chieng said he would lobby for an extension of the clinic if he is given the mandate by the people of the area to serve them.

“I propose that we retain the existing building but build a new one nearby. For this we have to identify a suitable site and include this project in the Bukit Assek development master plan,” he said.

The new building, he said, must have enough facilities to accommodate up to 2,000 patients per day.

To a question on the illegal parking causing inconvenience to the residents there, he suggested only drivers of cars that are double or triple parked and causing serious traffic jams should be given summonses. — DayakDaily