Clinics not up to the mark

THE 35-year-old Miri City Polyclinic and the Maternity and Child Health Clinic in Miri are in a bad shape.

The polyclinic is a 10 to 15-minute walk away from the maternity clinic which was set up at a temporary rented shop.

“They are supposed to provide health services for patients but they have many problems,” said Pujut assemblyman Andy Chia after a surprise visit.

Though the polyclinic is important for patients, its problems such as the lack of space and facilities are piling.

Chia was especially concerned about the maternity clinic.

“This clinic for children and expectant mothers should have a pharmacy to make it easy for people to get their medicines. Unfortunately, this is not happening,” he said.

The waiting area was uncomfortable and there was insufficient parking space for staff and patients, he said.

It will be moved to the Divisional Medical Office in Jalan Brighton due to the current landlord’s refusal to continue letting the shoplot.

Chia said a proposal to rebuild the polyclinic into three-storey building with a maternity clinic would be brought up in Parliament.

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