BINTULU: Columbia Asia Hospital Bintulu (CAHB) which started its operation back in 2010 is committed to provide high quality medical and healthcare services to the Bintulu community.
Columbia Asia Hospital regional general manager (East Malaysia), Yeoh Kim Looi, said CAHB is the first private hospital in Bintulu and today it is in its eighth year of operation in Bintulu.
“CAHB started with 15 beds with basic medical programmes such as general surgery, paediatrics, obstetrics & gynaecology, orthopaedics, internal medicine and anaesthesiology.
“As we went along, we received continuous feedback about the need to make our hospital bigger to cater to the needs of the people and the increasing industry players in Bintulu,” she said during the launch of CAHB’s new extension yesterday.
She said CAHB’s physiotherapy department started as a small unit but today it is the most fully-equipped physiotherapy unit in Bintulu and in March this year it was appointed by Socso for the ‘Return to work programme’.
“After some challenges in the past year or so, we have now completed the expansion and have obtained official approval from the Ministry of Health Malaysia to begin operation.
“We have made significant steps to upgrade our medical programmes and healthcare facility to serve the needs of the Bintulu community,” said Yeoh.
As a private hospital, she said they are aware of their corporate social responsibility (CSR) especially to the Bintulu community. As part of an initiative to improve the Bintulu community’s healthcare, she said CAHB had engaged with the government sector on health-related programmes.
Recently, Yeoh said, CAHB was appointed by the College of Radiology to hold a pink ribbon campaign featuring a subsidised mammogram programme.
She said the aim of this programme is to help underprivileged groups of women to undergo mammogram at a private centre.
“A significant CSR programme that CAHB had initiated is the cleft lip and palate corrective surgery project funded by the Cleft Lip and Palate Association of Malaysia (Clapam),” Yeoh added.
According to her, the first project started in Sarawak in 2004 and to-date CAHB and Columbia Asia Hospital Miri have carried out 19 Clapam projects and assisted over 400 children and adults from all over Sarawak.
“If you have family members or friends who have children or adults having cleft and lip palate condition which has not been corrected, please bring them to us and we will register them under Clapam to determine if they are eligible for the Clapam programme,” she said.
CAHB’s next CSR activity for Clapam is the ‘Big smiles 5km and 7km run’ to be held on March 10 next year in Bintulu.