Najib Assures Resolution Of Health Services Problems In Kuching

By Tuesday June 16th, 2009 No Comments

KUCHING, June 17 (Bernama) — The federal government Wednesday gave assurance to place priority on resolving health services problems faced by the residents of Kuching now.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai had been asked to hold discussions with the Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud and his deputy Tan Sri Dr George Chan to find an urgent resolution.

“We have a solution that can be considered,” he said at a dinner tonight with the people in conjunction with his two-day working visit to Sarawak.

Without going into details, Najib said health services in Kuching were outdated and needed to be resolved with people’s interests policy given priority by the government now.

Leaders of political parties of the Barisan Nasional (BN), the Opposition, medical practitioners and the public had asked the federal government to build another hospital in Kuching given that the one government hospital here, the Sarawak General Hospital (SGH), was badly overcrowded.

Besides overcrowding in the wards, SGH which has 800 beds also experienced parking space shortage making it difficult for doctors, nurses and orderlies to find parking.

Among suggestions that had been made was to build a second hospital in Petra Jaya.

Also present at the dinner were Abdul Taib, state cabinet ministers, heads of departments and community leaders.

Source : Bernama

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