Don't get sick, we
don't have adequate medical facilities
KOTA KINABALU, 25 July 2009: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) said Sabah had
been a member state of Malaysia for the last 46 years but sadly the people
are deprived of good medical care services.
SAPP Information Chief Chong Pit Fah said the worst is when the Queen
Elizabeth Hospital (QEH), here, the only referral hospital for people
residing in Sabah was declared unsafe.
He said the chaotic situation of the QEH meant that the people in the
State and at the neighbouring districts are forced to seek vital referral
attention either in Kuala Lumpur or Singapore .
"What would happen to the low income group who could not afford to seek
medical attention overseas. Would the Sabah Barisan Nasional (BN)
Government just sit and let them suffer more and eventually die?" he
He said Sabah is already short of doctors and the bad condition the QEH
has made matters worse.
The Council of the Justices of the Peace, Sabah (Majaps) had said in a
statement that based on a data collected in July 2007, the rate of
patients per doctor in Sabah was one to 8,973 and there were cases of very
sick people have to wait for months for a specialist doctor.
"Such situation warrants a proper and fully equipped general hospital here
because Malaysians residing in the State deserved such facilities all this
while," he said in a statement, here, today.
He said Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai had even stated several
months ago during his visit here that the twin towers are to be built but
works has yet to commence until today.
"If the twin towers are slated under the Tenth Malaysia Plan (2010-2014)
that will means that works would only commence either early next year or
at the end of the Plan.
"Do the people here who need a proper general hospital must wait for
several more years? This is equivalent to tell them donít fall sick now
because we do not have proper general hospital," he said.
Chong said the Federal Government had announced a special grant of RM1
billion and two stimulus packages with RM6 billion for the first and
nearly RM70 billion for the second, and yet there is no allocation to
rebuild the QEH.
He said SAPP welcomed more private hospitals here but not the proposal to
convert the abandoned old Wisma Khidmat building here.
He added that earlier this year the Federal Government had rejected the
State Government proposal to convert the Wisma Khidmat as a hospital
because the building is not suitable to be used as a hospital.