THE recent floods that affected several states in Malaysia caused tremendous losses to many businesses, including general practitioners’ (GP) clinics.
The Private Medical Practitioners’ Association of Selangor & Kuala Lumpur (PMPASKL) supports the appeal by the president of the Malaysian Medical Association, Dr Koh Kar Chai, to the government to help private clinics badly affected by the disaster.
More than 40 private GPs in Klang, Taman Sri Muda (Shah Alam) and even in parts of neighbouring Pahang, were badly affected by the disaster.
The floodwaters destroyed all medical equipment, medical supplies, patients’ records, computers, printers and furniture as well as other important items, with many clinics declaring a total loss.
Assistance from the financial and corporate sector in the form of soft loans would be one way of helping these GPs.
We hope that the special Parliamentary sitting on the floods scheduled by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob will discuss getting service centres such as clinics back to work quickly.
The follow-up on thousands of patients registered with these clinics has been badly affected.
DR ONG CHUN CHIANG
Private Medical Practitioners’ Association of Selangor & Kuala Lumpur (PMPASKL)