Hornbill Unleashed

February 28, 2012

Govt health facilities for rural communities in Sarawak

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CHIN MUI YOON

What the authorities are doing to meet healthcare needs in remote areas.

HEALTH Ministry director-general Datuk Seri Dr Hasan Abdul Rahman explains in an e-mail reply to our questions that there are 10 government clinics serving rural communities along Sarawak’s main river transport artery, Sungai Baram, and a further eight serving the more remote Baram tributaries. These are part of a network of 30 government clinics throughout the Marudi district in which Baram is located; the district has a population of 60,000.

On the map, government health facilities appear well distributed along Sungai Baram to cater to rural communities. Additionally, the Health Ministry operates a mobile health service programme from these clinics, sending teams out to villages that are situated in extended operational areas (that is, in areas that require more than an hour of travel to reach). (more…)

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