New polyclinic in the pipeline

The polyclinic in Jalan Oya, Sibu, sees up to 1,000 patients a day. — Filepic

SIBU: A new polyclinic will be built here as the existing one in Jalan Oya can no longer cater to the growing population.

Sibu MP Oscar Ling said at a press conference that the Health Ministry had given its approval for the project.

“We have identified a site in Jalan Teku for the ministry’s approval.

“The project is definitely in the pipeline. I will continue to pursue it in Parliament and hopefully, it can be done within five years,” he added.

Overcrowding at the Jalan Oya polyclinic had been a problem for quite some time.

“We are now waiting for an allocation to rent two shophouses at the back of the polyclinic and make it into a pharmacy so that overcrowding at the polyclinic can be alleviated,” he added.

Ling said once this was done, the polyclinic should have fewer people as those collecting medicine would no longer have to come to the facility.

“We are hopeful that there will be an allocation for the new clinic in Budget 2019 which will be announced on November 2,” he added.

Former Deputy Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya had said during a visit to Sibu Hospital that a separate building for the pharmacy was needed as an immediate measure to ease overcrowding at the polyclinic which received between 800 and 1,000 patients per day.

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