Rabies outbreak: Deputy Health Minister to discuss with Uggah, Dr Sim on next course of action

Dr Lee (right) fielding questions from reporters. Also seen are Dr Chen (centre) and Dr Jamilah (left).

By Karen Bong

KUCHING, Jan 24: The federal and state governments will discuss tomorrow the next course of action to take to control and eradicate the rabies problem in Sarawak.

Deputy Health Minister Dr Lee Boon Chye said there were several proposals that would be recommended and discussed with the state government.

“We will present and discuss the recommendations so as to fine-tune the efforts to control and eradicate the rabies problem in Sarawak,” he told reporters after visiting the Dog Bite Clinic and Infectious Disease Unit at the Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) here today

Dr Lee visiting the Dog Bite Clinic and Infectious Disease Unit at SGH.

He, however, did not disclose the recommendations as he would be meeting Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas and Minister of Local Government and Housing Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian to further discuss the next course of action tomorrow.

The Ministry of Health, he assured, was concerned about the rabies issue.

“It is one of the key issues discussed in every post Cabinet meeting of the Ministry,” he said.

“The collaboration between the federal and state governments is quite close, while the director of Health Sarawak (Dr Jamilah Hashim) also always holds joint meetings with us.”

Dr Lee (second right) accompanied by Dr Teo (left) talking to doctors in a clinic.

Ministry of Health secretary-general Datuk Seri Dr Chen Chaw Min, Dr Jamilah, Miri MP Dr Michael Teo, Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How, Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) National Women vice-chief Voon Shiak Ni, Pending assemblywoman Violet Yong and Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii were among those present. — DayakDaily