By Karen Bong
KUCHING, Aug 6: The Ministry of Health (MOH) will consider upgrading the Sg Asap health clinic to meet the current needs of healthcare.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba said that the existing healthcare facility can accommodate the needs of residents of Sg Asap at the moment.
“But we will consider upgrading the health facility at KK Sg Asap in line with the existing needs.
“Yes, (there is also) a plan to set up a new hospital at Sg Asap or Apau Koyan,” he informed the Dewan Rakyat when replying to Datuk Wilson Ugak Kumbong (GPS-Hulu Rajang) today.
Dr Adham then added that Sg Asap is a little special as the future hospital project would be equipped with an outpatient department, a maternal and child clinic, a medical laboratory, an x-ray department, a pharmacy and observation ward.
“We will make sure of this, and there will be a maternity ward for low risk (patients). So Sg Asap is special to the ministry now lah. We will try,” he added.
As for Kapit Hospital, Dr Adham said the facility can still accommodate the needs of the public but there is a plan to build a new clinical block that will include patients ward in the long term.
As for Long Lama health clinic in Baram, Dr Adham said MOH will repair the areas damaged by landslide recently which caused the Long Lama health clinic to be closed and relocated to the Long Lama community hall.
“An allocation of RM450,000 for emergency works to prevent landslides and related works have been provided,” he informed in response to Anyi Ngau (GPS-Baram).
However, Dr Adham added that at present, the rate of patients to Long Lama health clinic was more or less 100 people a day.
“Thus the proposal to build a hospital in Long Lama will be considered in the future,” he said.—DayakDaily