Monday, September 25

MP calls for provision of more specialists at Limbang Hospital


LIMBANG: Limbang Hospital needs more specialists – or at the very least, one surgeon – to enhance its services.

In this regard, Limbang MP Hasbi Habibollah believes that with the availability of one surgeon, it would at least reduce the frequency of sending its patients to other better-equipped hospitals like Sarawak General Hospital in Kuching and Miri Hospital; thus, reducing the cost of treatment.

At present, Limbang Hospital has no surgeon – it has only four specialists comprising radiologists, a paediatrician and a gynaecologist.

“We have applied to the Ministry of Health to station one surgeon at Limbang Hospital,” Hasbi told reporters here yesterday.

The MP also highlighted the need for the hospital to have its own specialist’s block.

According to him, this matter was raised during a recent Parliament sitting.

“It is still awaiting written reply from the federal government,” he said.

On the long-overdue Long Napir Clinic project, Hasbi said the works on the rural clinic should be expedited so that the rural highland communities such as the Penans and the Kelabits too could enjoy quality health services.

It is learnt that the rural clinic project, which has been idle for more than 20 years, is currently in re-tendering process.