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Saturday, February 7, 2009

Nabawan (4,500 patients monthly) has no hospital

Nabawan (4,500 patients monthly) has no hospital
Published on: Wednesday, February 04, 2009

NABAWAN: The Federal Government has been urged to speed up the construction
of a hospital in the district that was promised to the people but never
materialised since 1994.

The existing health clinic built in 1973 is unable to cater to the demand of
the growing population, Deputy Minister of Rural Development, Tan Sri Joseph
Kurup, said after visiting the clinic with Keningau Health Officer Dr Khebir
Verasahib and medical officer Dr Nasir Khan Durani.

Kurup said the clinic attended to an average of 4,500 patients a month and
had a staff of 69 personnel and two medical officers. The Nabawan district
has five health centres in Salong, Sepulut, Pegalungan, Pensiangan and

Kurup said he would bring up the matter up with the Health Minister soon.
"The hospital must be built as soon as possible considering the population
and the health care needs in the district." Dr Khebir said the tender to
build the hospital had been offered before and would be "re-tendered" again.

The billboard on the construction of the hospital is still visible after it
was erected in 1994, the year that Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib
Tun Raza visited Nabawan and announced its construction. The opposition had
been exploiting this issue to stir up the people's sentiments.

With the hospital in place, Kurup said, it would assist in the Government's
quest to eradicate poverty in rural areas.

According to him, health remains a serious matter among people in the rural
areas since most of them are poor and cannot afford treatment cost.

He said his PBRS office receives many requests for assistance from the
people for health treatment.

On other developments, Kurup suggested that the Government consider
subsidising the registration fee for patients from rural areas.

He said the low turnout of patients at the Nabawan Health Clinic could be
due to the patients being unable to come up with the RM1 registration fee
and the transportation cost that has substantially increased between 2007
and last year. According to Kurup, the Health Minister would visit the
district soon.

Source : Daily Express

Thursday February 5, 2009
Kurup: Start work on much-needed Nabawan hospital

KOTA KINABALU: State Deputy Rural Development Minister Tan Sri Joseph Kurup
wants the hospital project in remote Nabawan, promised by the Federal
Government in 1994, to start immediately.

He said the only medical facility in Nabawan, some 250km from here, was a
rural health clinic built in 1973. The clinic sees 4,500 patients every
month and is unable to cope with the growing population.

"We need a hospital in Nabawan as soon as possible. I will raise this matter
with the Health Minister soon," he said after visiting the clinic yesterday.

Kurup, the Pensiangan MP and Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah (PBRS) president,
said providing sufficient medical facilities in remote areas was crucial as
many rural folk could not afford to seek treatment at hospitals in town

All that remains of the pledge of a hospital in Nabawan is a billboard and
the opposition has been harping on the matter.

The Nabawan and Sook state constituencies make up the Pensiangan
parliamentary seat which could see a by-election following the Court of
Appeal hearing scheduled for Feb 12 and 13.

Kurup won the Pensiangan seat unopposed in the March 2008 general election
but an Election Court on Sept 8 declared the result null and void.

The case is now in the Federal Court.

Source : The Star

Na ini lah apa urang bilang leader whose feet is not on the ground......Kurub oh Kurub........Sia ingat kau ADUN sama MP dari time PB smapai kau jadi katak....

Ini erection talk sia ka Kurub.....

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