Flying doctors still operational in 10 villages

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  • Friday, 20 Jan 2017

A filepic of the flying doctor services. The service will cease due to cost constraints.

Ten remote villages in the state are still enjoying medical services provided by Air Doctor Services, said Sabah Health Department director Datuk Dr Christina Rundi.

According to her, the services were not fully suspended as the affected villages were still not connected by roads and rivers.

Nevertheless, she said the Air Doctors Service would not be implemented for long term.

“Long-term service will result in static health facilities," she told reporters after accompanying Deputy Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahya to the Duchess of Kent Hospital in Sandakan, Sabah.

She was asked to comment on the decision to cease the mobile clinics provided by the flying doctors.

Dr Rundi was quoted as saying that the service termination was due to cost constraints and frequent flight cancellations. — Bernama

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