Miri Polyclinic crowded and stuffy

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  • Tuesday, 16 Aug 2016

Ting (in yellow shirt) at the Maternity and Children’s section of Miri Polyclinic. — STEPHEN THEN/The Star

MIRI: The Sarawak United Peoples Party (SUPP) office in Piasau will initiate an urgent repair works to the Maternity and Children treatment facility of the Miri Polyclinic where vital facilities such as the ventilation system is out of order.

Piasau assemblyman Datuk Sebastian Ting yesterday visited the treatment rooms, the reception areas, the workplace for the doctors and nurses and staffs and found the place very cramped and stuffy with airconditioners unable to function.

He went to the polyclinic for an impromptu inspection and found a large crowd waiting for treatment.

Among them were mothers with sick babies as well those with children in their custody.

Some of the patients were rural folk who came all the way from remote longhouses in Ulu Baram.

After meeting the doctors in charge, Ting found that there were inadequate space in the waiting lobby and that the airconditioners for the entire two-storey building were not working.

“This building was built in the 1970s by Shell as the company’s clinic. It was turned into this Maternity and Children unit of Miri polyclinic eight years ago.

“The building is already aged and in poor condition.”

“Due to improper ventilation, the place is stuffy and an uncomfortable for the staff and some 300 patients seeking treatment every day.

The patients include mothers, babies and children below five years old.

Ting said: “According to the Health Ministry, the Federal Government have approved RM35mil to build a new polyclinic next to Miri Hospital. We have yet to see the new polyclinic.”

Ting said to due pressing needs, the Piasau SUPP had volunteered to help with necessary repairs and fixing the air-conditioners.

“We cannot wait for the proposed facility.

“The present one needs to continue its operations,” added Ting, who is also SUPP secretary-general.

He said SUPP would notify the Health Ministry on the matter.

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