Media Statement by Chiew Chin Sing, Chairman DAP Bintulu Branch , DAP Sarawak Deputy Chairman and Sarawak State Assemblyman for Kidurong on 13th July, 2011
State Assemblyman for Kidurong Chiew Chin Sing said that it is most regrettable that the CT Scan at the Bintulu Divisonal Hospital is still non functional though it had been out of order for about six month already.
I really cannot believe why is it taking such a long time just to fix a problem like this. And what is the authority concerned up to anyway. The way this problem is handled is really of no help to any body but only bring more inconveniences and pain to the people.
So often life and death of a patient depends on the availability and correct information to the doctors and that is why no hospital should be without proper medical equipments , like for example a CT Scan in this case.
Yesterday I was at the hospital visiting a friend who was injured in a road accident. I understood that much time been spent by so many just to get him to the Emergency Ward of the hospital. And as he was in a coma and would need scanning to the head but was told that the CT Scan was not working. That was really shocking, hurting and totally unacceptable.
Although lately two new private medical centers had opened up in Bintulu, and the patients can take their scanning there but that is no reason for not giving priority to fixing the scanner at the hospital.
The authority concerned must remember that many of the patients who had come to the hospital for treatment are poor people who had spend money on transport, food, lodging etc etc already just to get to the hospital. They do not have the extra three to five hundred more ringgit to do scanning out side. Many had come from nearby and the rural areas. Being sick is already painful and there is no need to add on more trouble and burden to them anymore.
The government must empathize with the people, help them, be more caring and give them the best service there is and get the Bintulu Division hospital to be a well equipped hospital complete with the equipments and the personnel, doctors, specialists, nurses and others.
Bintulu had undergone more than 30 years of development but is still short of a fully equipped and fully staffed hospital. And whether the government is waiting for the so called second wave of development to finish before we can have a truly full, complete and well equipped, well staffed hospital.
Chiew Chin Sing.