Sabah Health Dept to engage with more govt agencies, private sector and public to improve system

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Health officials wish to increase awareness on healthcare and other issues by engaging with more agencies and people this year.

State Health Department director Datuk Dr Rose Nani Mudin said some of the initiatives included having more integrated operations, greater collaboration with government and private sectors as well as the public.

“For example, we hope to work more with other enforcement agencies such as the Domestic Trade, Cooperative and Consumerism ministry (KDPNKK) and the Community Development and People’s Wellbeing ministry,” she said on Saturday (Feb 4).

She said the Domestic Trade, Cooperative and Consumerism Ministry can conduct operations on supermarkets, to check on labels of items including medicine, foodstuff, cleanliness and smoking in prohibited public areas.

“We also hope to work closely with the Community Development and People’s Wellbeing Ministry on how to better care for one’s health and wellbeing,” said Dr Rose.

A recent meeting was held between health officials and Sabah Community Development and People’s Wellbeing Minister Datuk Jame Ratib who is also the health exco in Sabah.

During the meeting, Ratib was briefed on the various health related issues in Sabah, future plans for the healthcare system, and on ways to improve healthcare in the state.

“We want to see healthcare become a main agenda and priority for government agencies as well as the private sector in the state,” said Dr Rose.

Also present in the meeting was the Community Development and People’s Wellbeing assistant minister Datuk Flovia Ng and senior officials from the Sabah Health Department, among others.

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