Miri Hospital’s ‘drive-thru pharmacy’ officially opens today

Abu Hassan (5th from right) with other guests posing for a group photo at the facility after the launching today (Jan 4, 2021).

By Jaythaleela K

MIRI, Jan 4: Miri Hospital’s ‘drive-thru pharmacy’ is officially opened effective from today with a similar health facility expected to be extended to Tudan Clinic, enabling patients and customers to collect their medication without stepping out of their cars.

Sarawak deputy health director (Pharmacy) Abu Hassan Alshaari Abd Jabar said the service is also to enable social distancing in line with Covid-19 precautions.

“We are fully aware that such a health service (drive-thru pharmacy) is needed at Tudan Health Clinic, to resolve problems encountered by patients during their medicine collection,” he said briefly after the launching ceremony.

He disclosed that a proposal has been submitted for a similar facility to be set up in Tudan Clinic.

Miri Hospital’s  ‘drive-thru pharmacy’ is the fifth in the state, with operation hours from 8.30am to 4.30pm daily except weekends and public holidays.

The move is part of the hospital’s series of measures to improve customers’ convenience and safety, in the wake of the social distancing and hygiene regulation mandated by the Ministry of Health due to the Covid 19 pandemic besides to resolve inadequate parking space at the health facility.

The ‘drive-thru pharmacy’ service was first launched at Sibu Hospital on Dec 3, 2019 followed by Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) on April 22 last year in Kozi Square Mall, Kuching and at Kota Samarahan health clinic on June 3 last year.

Miri Hospital deputy director Dr Francis Heng Eng Khai. was also present at the launch today. — DayakDaily