‘SGH to have school for long-term treatment students’

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THANK YOU: Fatimah (third left) presenting certificates to participants at the food fair. Also seen are Mohamad (left) and Thong (right).

KUCHING: School-going children who are warded for long term treatment, especially due to cancer, can look forward to continuing their education while in Sarawak General Hospital (SGH), tentatively from next year.

Welfare, Women and Family Development Minister Datuk Hajah Fatimah Abdullah said the move could not be implemented this year because of lack of space at the hospital.

She said the school may be housed at SGH’s Dahlia House, a former trainees’ hostel, if there is extra room.

She also said the hostel will function as ‘Anjung Kasih’ where relatives of those admitted for long term treatment can stay from early next year.

“For the school, we need one room as teachers’ staff room, one room for Primary level class and one room for Secondary level class,” said Fatimah when met at the Sarawak Children’s Cancer Society (SCCS) 11th annual charity food fair yesterday.

She added that two teachers would be available to conduct multi-level teaching for each class, which means a teacher for the Primary level has to teach Primary 1 to 6 and the Secondary level teacher will teach  Form 1 to 5.

On the move, she said the decision was taken after a rough survey indicated that school going patients at the hospital missed their studies, adding that once she obtained support from the Education Ministry, she would speak to the hospital on getting the necessary facilities.

Earlier, Fatimah lauded the efforts taken by SCCS on getting funds to help needy children with cancer and helping them get continuous treatments.

A total of 71 stalls were set up for the one-day food fair which targeted to collect RM150,000 to provide continuous medical and financial aids to needy patients and their families and to cover operational costs of the new centre.

The charity food fair received tremendous support from the public as well as corporate bodies like Maybank and Petronas.

SCCS president Mohamad Rizal Sahari and organising chairperson Raymond Thong were among those present.