The establishment of a working committee is a step forward towards solving the problems plaguing the Sibu hospital

Dr Annuar Rapaee

SIBU (October 3): The working committee it has been proposed to set up is a step forward towards solving the problems plaguing the Sibu hospital, which has been operating since 1994, said the deputy minister of communities and Housing, Dr. Annuar Rapaee.

“I proposed this at yesterday’s meeting and supported by other medical specialists attending the special meeting with Deputy Health Minister II Datuk Aaron Ago Dagang.

“I think that in order to solve the problems of the Sibu hospital, the best thing is to have long-term planning and, therefore, the need to form a special working committee.

“The Sibu hospital, which serves areas as far as Betong and Bintulu, should be comparable to the Kuching hospital (Sarawak general hospital) not only in terms of facilities, number of doctors, specialized services but above all, the number of doctors and support staff should be sufficient.

“Long-standing issues like no vacancies should be addressed immediately. We were told that the last nursing job review was in 1994, when the hospital started operating, ”Dr Annuar told the Borneo Post today.

Noting such urgency for the establishment of the working group committee, Dr Annuar said he would sit down with specialists and administrative staff at Sibu Hospital as soon as possible to further discuss the proposal.

“This is so that we can set up this proposed working group committee in particular, with regard to the terms of reference, objectives and role. In fact, at today’s meeting, we all agreed to make Sibu Hospital a hospital capable of producing future specialists.

“Only then can Sibu Hospital be well equipped when we are an education center for training future specialists and also attract doctors to serve at Sibu Hospital,” said the member of the Nangka assembly.

Reiterating that the Sibu hospital covers a large area and serves a huge population in the central region, Dr Annuar said that the hospital also faces logistical challenges such as road connectivity in its delivery of services to the population. .

“Sibu hospital needs a long-term solution because it covers a larger area than the southern area. And yet the southern zone has more and better equipped hospitals.

“With that in mind, and rightly so, Sibu hospital should be comparable to Kuching in terms of facilities.

“Therefore, I sincerely hope that the Ministry of Health (MoH) and with the support of the state government will approve this working group to consider the long-term solution to remedy the delay of the Sibu hospital in the benefit the inhabitants of the center. region, ”he said.

At the press conference after his visit to the hospital yesterday, Aaron said the proposed task force would be centralized in Sibu and headed by Dr Annuar, as part of efforts to reduce reliance on Kuching for services. medical.

“It is still early in the discussion phase to set up a working group for the central region of Sarawak, which will be centralized in Sibu to plan the medical services of the central region in order to reduce the dependence in Kuching (for services medical).

“If we set up a task force to organize the necessary medical services in the central region, it will facilitate the health services in this region,” Aaron said.

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