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2008 Dec 17 - Chong: Health minister sleeping on the job
Chong: Health minister sleeping on
Kinabalu (Dec 18, 2008): Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) Information
Chief, Chong Pit Fah, said Sapp has been flooded with an avalanche of
complaints from long-suffering members of the public ever since the
27-year-old Queen Elizabeth Hospital, once Kota Kinabaluís finest
hospital and the pride of its people was declared unsafe by the Minister
of Health on Oct 23 and forced closure by Nov 11.
"Itís obvious from the nature of these complaints, showed frustration from
the people of Sabah that the Federal Minister of Health and Sabah
Director of Health have been sleeping on the job after their first few
press conferences and a recent Public Forum and a 'war of words' in the
media between the consulting engineers and the Kota Kinabalu MP over the
demolition and rebuilding or repair options and whether the name 'Queen
Elizabeth' should be retained." added Chong.
"The fact of the matter is that the people of Kota Kinabalu are in the
most unfortunate situation of having no general hospital because the
Ministry of Health failed to take pre-emptive measures to save the Queen
Elizabeth Hospital when serious problems surfaced shortly after it was
"Just compare the number and quality of hospitals in tiny Singapore with a
population slightly more than Sabah. They left Malaysia in 1965 and
today after 45 years of independence, it is a shame that Sabah still
does not even have a decent General Hospital for the state capital!
Where is the justice for the people of Sabah when the Federal Government
and Petronas has been heartlessly milking us dry?" said Chong.
Chong further added, "no one is addressing the immediate problem that we
are facing i.e. the long-suffering patients of Queen Elizabeth Hospital,
now being dispatched to various government and private hospitals in the
state. Have any unfortunate cases been airlifted to Kuala Lumpur or
elsewhere in Malaysia for the required amount of medical and health
care? Why not? Why place further stress on the already over-stretched
government and private hospitals in the state?"
"The most unfortunate patients are those awaiting, undergoing or
recuperating from surgery. The most reliable estimate we have is that
500 QEH emergency patients are waiting for their turn on the surgeon's
table at any one time. Will they all make it there before it is too
late? These are emergency cases. What about the number requiring other
kinds of surgery? This is a nightmare of unimaginable proportions for
everybody involved. How many people have actually died directly as a
result of the sheer incompetence and gross negligence of the authorities
in handling the QEH crisis? We demand answers and figures.
"Why didnít the Government set up a crisis management team to swing into
action the moment QEH was declared unsafe? If so, what are the facts and
figures on the true situation on the ground?
"Yet the Federal Government mentioned in Parliament that KK might be hit
by an earthquake in the future. God forbid that such a thing ever
"We fear that what we have learnt so far may just be the tip of the
iceberg. The Minister of Health is yet to comprehend the sheer magnitude
of the problem caused by the closure of QEH.
"Is this the kind of
efficiency the Federal Government going to demonstrate with the
so-called Sabah Development Corridor?
"We demand that full disclosure be made on the continuing saga of the
patients of QEH and whether the necessary level of support is there for
them from the medical community.
"We are not at this stage demanding the resignation of anyone involved
in this sad episode of incompetence and negligence that might only
further aggravate the woes of the long-suffering patients of QEH. We
urge everyone involved to get cracking on the job!" stressed Chong.