John Sikie urges authorities to expedite opening of Mukah’s Simpang Bukut health clinic

Sikie (right) speaking to the officers during his visit to the Simpang Bukut Health Clinic.

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MUKAH, July 8: The Ministry of Health (MOH) and other relevant authorities have been urged to expedite the opening and operation of the Simpang Bukut health clinic here, whose construction was completed last year.

Assistant Minister of Native Laws and Customs Datuk John Sikie Tayai pointed out that even though the construction of the clinic has been completed, it is still not operational yet.

“But I see that the facility is completed and should be opened immediately, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The operation of the clinic is something that is highly anticipated by the residents in the area and it needs to operate immediately,” he told the media after visiting the clinic which is currently used as a temporary mobile outreach vaccination centre recently.

Sikie, who is also Kakus assemblyman, emphasised that should the clinic be fully operational, it will be able to serve more than 70 longhouses in Bawan, Pengkalan Lobang, Bukut, Melanjan, Sungai Duan, Bukit Dinding and Ulu Sikat.

Apart from that, there are also four oil palm plantations and several primary schools in the nearby areas.

Hence, Sikie appealed to the MOH, Sarawak State Health Department, Public Works Department (JKR) and the Resident to accelerate the full opening of the Simpang Bukut health clinic.

“With this facility activated, the residents here will no longer need to go to Mukah (to seek treatment and medication),” he said.

Mukah Division Resident Hamdiah Bakir, Mukah District Administrative Officer Peleadzman Ahip and Dr Normy Kunyo were among those present. — DayakDaily