Premier: Sarawak Cancer Centre may go beyond cancer treatment, feature in medical tourism plans

Association of Private Hospitals of Malaysia president Datuk Dr Kuljit Singh (right) presenting a souvenir to Abang Johari during the dinner.

By Christopher Lidom

KUCHING, Oct 27: Sarawak Cancer Centre may go beyond offering just cancer treatments and include wellness programmes to turn it into a medical tourism destination.

Premier of Sarawak Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg said although medical care is a federal matter, Sarawak is willing to spend from its own coffers to set up this hospital that will be equipped with state-of-art facilities with a view to turn it into another main feature of Sarawak’s medical tourism.


“It may go beyond cancer treatment as patients need an environment and wellness programme conducive for them to recuperate and be fully healed.

“In fact, I have visited a wellness spa resort in Budapest to see firsthand the wellness programme we have in mind.

“I hope Sarawak, Kuching in particular, will be a centre for cancer treatment as well as wellness care in the near future,” he said during the ‘Networking Dinner with Association of Private Hospital of Malaysia’ event which was streamed live via Sarawak Public Communications Unit (Ukas) Facebook page today.

Abang Johari said the cancer centre will be located in Kota Samarahan near Sarawak Heart Centre, together with Sarawak Infectious Disease Centre and Unimas Teaching Hospital, where it will be part of a cluster.

“In other words, we have identified the area along Kota Samarahan road towards the Sarawak Heart Centre, together with Sarawak Infectious Disease Centre as well as educational facilities to backup the services needed in this healthcare industry,” he added. — DayakDaily