KOTA KINABALU: Sabah will wait for the federal government’s decision on the compulsory vaccination proposal before taking steps to implement it here.
Sabah Health and People’s Well-being minister Datuk Stephen Wong said though the state was in favour and is looking at vaccinating all children, including those who are stateless, it would need to wait for the federal ruling on the matter.
“For us, we want to vaccinate all children but we have funding and policy matters to consider,” he said.
Wong added that vaccination was important to prevent the spread of certain diseases including tuberculosis, measles and diphtheria.
“We have cases where illegal immigrants without these vaccinations in Sabah spread the virus to other non-vaccinated children here and though we can’t say it is 100% due to this factor, we can’t deny that the spread of these diseases might be caused by them,” he said after launching the Damai Wellness Center near here Thursday (Feb 28).
He said the Damai Wellness Centre, which provides services such as assisted living care facilities for the elderly, physiotherapy, rehabilitation for recovery from stroke, surgery and physical injury as well as postnatal care services, was very much needed in Sabah.
“Healthcare is something that everyone should be able to enjoy but with limited resources and space in government hospitals, the setting up of private centres such as this can really complement the needs of the public,” Wong said.
He said the setting up of good and affordable healthcare centres or private hospitals can help reduce the workload of government hospitals and wellness centres.
He also assured the public that the government was in the midst of improving its healthcare system and facilities.
KPJ Healthcare Bhd president and managing director Datuk Amiruddin Abdul Satar said the setting up of private healthcares allows for those who can afford it to get better and faster services.
“This, at the same time, allows for those who cannot afford to pay, especially the hardcore poor, to get better services in government hospitals,” he said.
He said by reducing the congestion at government hospitals, the services there would definitely be better and faster.
“We complement each other and provide the best of our services to our customers, respectively,” Amiruddin said.