Sarawak General Hospital’s Oncology Dept to potentially move to specialised cancer centre

Datuk Lukanisman Awang Sauni. Photo credit: TVS.

By DayakDaily Team

KUCHING, April 3: The Ministry of Health (MOH) does not rule out the possibility of relocating the Department of Radiotherapy and Oncology from Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) to the Sarawak Cancer Centre.

In a news report by TVS, Deputy Health Minister Datuk Lukanisman Awang Sauni stated that this move aligns with the government’s aim of enhancing the Sarawak Cancer Centre to deliver high-quality services to cancer patients in Sarawak and Sabah.

“There’s a strong possibility of this relocation as the cancer centre will provide comprehensive treatment facilities,” he told the Dewan Negara today.

He was responding to a query by Senator Rita Sarimah Insol regarding the transfer of oncology experts from SGH to the new cancer centre.

Lukanisman further emphasised the necessity of constructing the Sarawak Cancer Centre due to the high costs for cancer patients in the two regions to receive treatment in Peninsular Malaysia.

Additionally, he highlighted the importance of proposing accommodation facilities, like Anjung Kasih, for the convenience of patients’ families.

“We will forward this question to the ministry responsible for community welfare so that they can look into establishing the facilities to minimise the financial burden on caregivers and visitors in caring for patients undergoing treatment at the centre,” he added. — DayakDaily