What a sham
Kota Kinabalu (Feb 16, 2009):
Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) is demanding for an
'urgent-and-comprehensive' solution to the present
"chaotic-and-depressing" situation plaguing patients in the state capital.
This comes in the wake of the
City's one and only general hospital - the Queen Elizabeth Hospital being
officially declared as unsafe last December.
A furious SAPP Information
Chief, Chong Pit Fah made a personal inspection at the remaining old block
of the QEH that is still functioning yesterday.
He has gone there to verify for
himself the numerous complaints which he received over the past two weeks,
over the chaotic and overcrowded situation.
He did not come away amused, he
saw for himself some of the patients who had to sleep on the floor while
some beds were occupying the walkway of the wards, thus posing great
danger to the life of the patients should a fire breaks out.
Chong described the depressing
scene as grossly irresponsible and uncaring on the part of the Health
Ministry and the government.
"How long more the people have
to suffer before the government does something about the 'QEH issue' do
they want to wait for bodies to pile up before acting?" he queried, adding
that this was not the first time that SAPP had highlighted the plight of
He noted that ever since the
desertion of QEH, the medical and healthcare service in the city was
literally in a mess and , there was no solution in place despite numerous
He reiterated the Federal
government should not drag its feet on the QEH issue, as it is seriously
affecting the wellbeing of the Sabah folks and threatening their lives.
"As the state capital and
having been elevated into a city for the past nine years now, by right
Kota Kinabalu should have had additional two to three new government
hospitals including specialist hospitals. Unfortunately, we have none at
"Our government can afford to
spend billions on so called mega projects and send someone to space, but
they can't give us a general hospital.
"How does the Federal
government explain this? And not forgetting the fact that they are also
taking our oil and gas, oil palm tax, personal taxes etc," he lamented.
No proper ICU in KK to deal
With emergencies: SAPP
KOTA KINABALU: There is no proper Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in the state
capital to deal with emergencies, charged the Sabah Progressive Party.
It claims that the QEH had converted some of its ordinary wards into the
ICU, in the meantime occupying a small section of the Sabah Medical Centre
(SMC) for its intensive care.
He thus questioned whether there had been any casualties due to the lack
of such crucial facility.
Chong Pit Fah who is also SAPP Kepayan CLC Chairman also claimed to have
reliably learnt from those in the insurance industry that of late many of
the government doctors and specialists had purchased medical insurance for
themselves, so that they could get admitted to the private hospitals
should they fall sick.
He was also against the relocation of some of the QEH patients to the
Likas Hospital and the Bukit Padang Hospital. Citing the fact that the
Likas Hospital is a designated women and children hospital while the Bukit
Padang Hospital is mainly for those suffering from mental illness.
He further argued that the relocation of QEH patients to Likas Hospital
was especially unfair to the expecting mothers and the newborn babies.
He went on to claim to have learnt that ever since QEH’s desertion, the
hospital’s backlog cases for operation have now exceeded 1,000 cases.
“How does the government plan to solve such a serious problem?” He asked.
The patients were being sent to the various district hospitals and the
situation was rather chaotic and confusing to the public as, they no
longer know where they are supposed to go for their treatment nowadays.
“I was told that some of these patients were sent all over the place to
Kuala Penyu, Keningau, Sipitang, Sandakan and even Tawau for their
treatment. This has created a lot of stress and confusion not only to the
patients and their families but the doctors as well,” said Chong.
He also questioned whether there is any contingency plan in the event of a
natural disaster.-Michael Teh (NST)