Thursday, 10 January 2013

Better health for Sabahans with more 1Malaysia clinics

Five new 1Malaysia clinics have been opened last week, bringing the total number of clinics in the state to 23.

Assistant State Resource Development and Information Technology Minister Datuk Jainab Ahmad said the new clinics are located in Kampung Likas, Tanjung Aru, Kepayan and Telipok here and in southwestern Sipitang.

“More 1Malaysia clinics will be built this year in areas such as Beaufort, Kinabatangan, Kota Belud, Lahad Datu, Pitas, Sandakan and Tenom.”

The clinics, as part of the Cost of Living NKRA initiatives, are not only situated in rural locations as the residents in the urban areas also require access to affordable healthcare.

“Many are in the low-income group and they need help because of the higher cost of living.

“Such clinics will help reduce the financial burden of these people who include the disabled and single mothers,” she said.

Sabah Health Department deputy director Dr Jamail Muhi said that healthcare is available at a nominal amount of RM1 for Malaysians including medication.

The clinics have the capability to attend to 100 patients a day and will be open from 10am to 10pm daily, including public holidays.


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