SIBU: The Health Ministry is giving top priority to Sarawakians to fill up all medical positions, which include doctors and medical specialists, in government hospital and clinics in the state.
Its minister, Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam, in speaking to reporters after a brief visit to 1Malaysia Clinic at Rejang Park yesterday, said Sarawakians would be trained first in the two positions in West Malaysia and later posted back to the state.
“If we send (doctors and medical specialists) from West Malaysia to the state, they would want to go back one to two years later.
“Instead of doing that, we have decided to give these positions top priority to Sarawakians,” he added.
Dr Subramaniam said for local doctors and medical officers who wanted to specialise in a certain field, the ministry would also consider it.
All medical officer positions for the 243 clinics and 22 hospitals in the state, he said, had been filled up since last year.
On the lack of basic amenities such as water and electricity in rural clinics throughout the state, he said his ministry was looking at ways to solve the issue.
Separately, he said construction work on the new hospitals in Sri Aman, Petrajaya and Lawas would be completed between one and three years time.
For Mukah Hospital, he said, they were in the process of adding more facilities such as the Accident and Emergency Department as the town is the administrative centre for Sarawak Corridor of Renewal Energy (Score).
“For Daro district, we are in the process of developing one new health clinic and another two for Mukah,” he added.
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