Sabah hopes for better healthcare under new Federal Govt


KOTA KINABALU: Sabah hopes that the new Federal Government would draw up plans that benefit healthcare among the people here.

State Community Development and People’s Wellbeing Minister Datuk Shahelmey Yahya (pic) said when Khairy Jamaluddin was Health Minister, he had introduced the Health White Paper which, among others, aimed to bring better healthcare facilities to the people.

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“At that time, the plan was to upgrade over 280 health clinics statewide while new ones were also in the pipeline.

"With the new government, we hope there will be good programmes and initiatives implemented,” he said during the question-and-answer session at the state assembly sitting here on Wednesday (Nov 30).

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Shahelmey was responding to questions from several representatives including Datuk Hassan A Gani Pg Amir (GRS-Sebatik) on updates to a plan to build a health clinic in Kg Sungai Tamang and Mentadak in Tawau district.

He said the project plans are expected to be completed by Feb 28, with the tender to be open in the middle of next year.

He also said the state government will talk to Health Ministry officials about the possibility of placing an experienced medical officer to handle emergency cases while waiting for the clinic to be built in the Sebatik area.

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