KOTA KINABALU: The Health Ministry (KKM) has been urged to expedite the installation of the long-overdue mammogram screening machine at Tawau Hospital.
Tawau MP Datuk Christina Liew (pic) made the clarion call in view of the delay in installing the essential equipment.
"I understand the Health Ministry had approved the procurement of this much-needed facility but it is pending installation indefinitely, ” she said Wednesday (April 21).
“Any undue delay is unwarranted and causes great inconvenience as well as financial burden on those who require mammogram screening services, ” she said.
Liew, who is also Api Api assemblyman, said poor women who are affected cannot afford to seek medical attention from private healthcare facilities and would benefit a lot from this once installed.
"The Health Ministry must treat this matter with urgency if it genuinely cares for the people's well-being. Do not allow bureaucratic foot-dragging to cause unnecessary hardship to the rakyat," she said.
She recalled that she had raised the issue in Parliament in 2018, and the procurement of the mammogram screening machine was subsequently approved by the then Pakatan Harapan (PH) government in 2019.
Liew said disappointingly, since the change of federal government in February 2020, there was no sign of this long-awaited facility at Tawau Hospital.
Affected residents told her that they were forced to go to private hospitals or fly all the way to the state capital for mammogram screenings when the need arose.