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End water woes at Semporna Hospital: Wong
Published on: Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: State Health and People's Well-Being Minister Stephen Wong Tien Fatt urged relevant departments to immediately solve the water shortage problem at the Semporna Hospital.

He said according to the hospital's management, the problem has existed for the past three years and caused much inconvenience to patients, doctors and nurses.

"No matter in terms of hygiene, surgery or washing wounds, instruments and equipment, water is a necessity required in the hospital. If the hospital faces water shortage, the doctors and nurses have to fill water outside or fill the tank early," he said in a statement after visiting the hospital, Monday.

"This is unacceptable. It will not only affect the quality of healthcare but also cause inconvenience to patients," he added.

Wong, accompanied by the Ministry's Permanent Secretary Janet Chee, Sabah Health Department Deputy Director Dr Abd Kahar and his political secretary Phoong Jin Zhe, who is also Luyang Assemblyman, visited the hospital for the first time and attended a briefing from the hospital department.

The authorities told him (Wong) that the water shortage problem in the hospital has been ongoing for three years, and the hospital had written letters to the relevant units since 2016. Unfortunately, the problem was not followed till now.

It is understood that as the Semporna hospital is far away from the water supply source and also located as the last stop of the supply belt, it always faced water shortage.

Wong assured that he will do his best to help ensure that the water source can be provided in the shortest time.

He also promised to raise the issue to the State Cabinet and get the relevant departments to solve the problem immediately.

Besides the briefing session, the department also arranged a distribution of 30 goodies bags to children based in the children's ward of the hospital.

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