The Health Ministry is upgrading in phases more than 200 rural clinics in Sabah in an effort to provide rural residents with better access to health.
Deputy Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahya said the clinics would be upgraded to level seven (KK7), whereby they would have out-patient service, as well as maternal and child health, and would be equipped with quarters for the medical staff.
There are more than 300 rural clinics in Sabah, with more than 200 of them in poor condition, he told reporters at a 'Ziarah Kasih Sayang : 'Misi' Masuk Kampung' programme here today.
The programme, organised by Tawau UMNO Youth with the cooperation of the Tawau Nursing College, saw occupants of more than 400 houses in Apas and Balung being given free health check.
Dr Hilmi said the ministry also provided more than 30 1Malaysia Mobile Clinics (KB1M), including the service of flying doctors, to provide better health service access to residents in 25 remote areas in Sabah.