YB DOMINQUE NG: 1Malaysia Clinic team should be led by a qualified Doctor.
YB Dominique Ng, the ADUN for Padu
ngan, has called on the Ministry of Health to post one Medical Officer to the 1Malaysia Clinic at Mata ng to provide reasonable professional service to the public. In this day and age it is not too much for the public to expect such a level of professional service, especially in the capital city of the state.
Though the new service outlet is to cater for minor ailments, it is certainly not uncommon for serious illness to present with common symptoms. Thus a qualified doctor (Pegawai Perubatan) should be able to provide more reliable diagnosis.
Further, he is of the opinion that for the clinic at Mata
ng to depend on ambulance from Polyclinic at Mosque Road or is somethi Sarawak General Hospital ng less than satisfactory.
He made these observations after a visit to the said clinic yesterday. He was accompanied by En. Wo
ng Hua ng Yu, Dr. Francis Ngu and En. Hu ng Su ng Huo of Parti Keadilan Rakyat in Sarawak . He had a brief conversation with the staff on duty.
The clinic is open from to and staffed initially by 3-4 persons. Patients are attended to by paramedical staff (Penolo
ng Pegawai Perubatan) much as at remote rural clinics. Simple drugs for simple ailments are dispensed; certain minor surgery are also possible. In the first week of operation, the work load has already increased to around 100 patients per day, reflecti ng very high public demand for medical care which has existed for a lo ng time at PetraJaya/Mata ng.
There is every possibility that the work load would increase greatly in the next few weeks, in which case there may be need for a couple more staff. There is likely to be much co
ngestion, especially at night, at this clinic operati ng in a tight shop house setti ng.
Since 2006, YB Dominique Ng has in and out of the Dewan Unda
ngan Negeri, Sarawak, repeated called for the provision of at least 3 specialist general hospitals and 3 large polyclinics in greater Kuchi ng, to meet the fast worseni ng bottlenecks and co ngestion at existi ng medical facilities for a fast growi ng city population.
“ The si
ngle 1Malaysia Clinic is but a poor band-aid to a large service shortfall problem that is festeri ng in Kuchi ng and elsewhere in the State. I am now supported in my assessment of the wideni ng needs-provision gap by Datuk Seri Wo ng Soon Koh, Second Finance Minister and Environment and Public Health Minister, who has belatedly put forth a proposal to build 4 large polyclinics in greater Sibu under the 10MP.”
“Datuk Seri Wo
ng and local wakil rakyat of Barisan National had better work on a PetraJaya-Mata ng Polyclinic and new general hospital as well,” advises Ng.