Hornbill Unleashed

October 6, 2017

‘Give ample medication supply to outstation patients’

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:02 AM

The Ministry of Health has been asked to provide ample supply of hypertension and diabetes medication to patients who live in rural areas.

According to Miri Member of Parliament Dr Michael Teo, patients in rural areas often spend hundreds of ringgit on transportation to visit the nearest government hospital or polyclinic.

He claimed hypertension and diabetes patients are currently only prescribed up to two weeks’ supply of pills, compared to one month to three months previously.

“The Ministry of Health must not burden patients, especially those old people with hypertension and diabetes, where many are from interior Sarawak to get their medication at government hospitals,” he told The Borneo Post yesterday.

Dr Teo claimed to have received many complaints from senior citizens regarding the new prescription method.

“It is unfair for the hospital to give a short period of few weeks for the patients as they have to spend money going to and returning back to their respective longhouses,” he complained.

He added some patients had to go to the hospital as early as 5am and only received their medication at about 11am. According to him, certain medications are also in short supply.

Source : The Borneo Post Online


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