Lukanisman: Sarawak’s need for more nurses to be discussed with Premier

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Dennis (front, fourth left) presents a sape to Lukanisman as a souvenir, witnessed by the PKS executive committee members.

MIRI (March 27): Deputy Health Minister Lukanisman Awang Sauni has given assurance that a discussion will be held with Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg to address the need to have more nurses in Sarawak.

According to him, the items of discussion will also cover lack of medical experts in the state, as well as insufficient health programme being held here.

The Sibuti MP said this when officiating at Sarawak Kayan Association (PKS)’s eighth triennial general meeting (TGM) in Dynasty Hotel here yesterday.

“In addition to medical experts, Sarawak needs many nurses.

“I will discuss with the Premier; maybe we could find ways to address these issues especially on having more nurses in Sarawak to accommodate local healthcare needs,” he said.

Lukanisman observed that nurses had always been in high demand, adding that he had heard about overseas employers praising nurses from Sarawak as giving very good services and possessing high level of discipline.

On a related matter, the deputy federal minister said he would work towards ensuring that 10 identified clinics in Baram, which were still using generator sets for their power supply, would be provided with 24-hour electricity under the Sarawak Alternative Rural Electrification Scheme (Sares).

“I will work, in my capacity as the deputy health minister, to ensure that good-quality health services are always available in Sarawak.

“I also feel the need to focus on overall development in northern ​​Sarawak, especially Baram,” he added.

Later, the MP announced government’s allocations of RM10,000 for PKS, and another RM5,000 specifically for the association’s education fund.

Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau who is also PKS president, and Baram Orang Ulu paramount chief Temenggong Elizabeth Deng also attended the TGM.