Hornbill Unleashed

April 2, 2012

Sarawakian Spending RM40 for paracetamol

Peter Sibon

Closure of government clinic at Nanga Bena four years ago forced people there to travel to Kapit for basic medical treatment

FRUSTRATED: Ngebong giving the four-finger-up to show that RM40 is too much for a panadol.

Panadol (paracetamol) are dispensed free at government clinics and hospitals in the state, but for some 2,000 people from 16 longhouses at Nanga Bena, about 40km from here, there is an exorbitant hidden cost of RM40 for this common painkiller and fever medication.

Forty ringgit is the return fare to travel from their longhouses to the government hospital here. (more…)

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