The State Government has decided that the Duchess of Kent Hospital Nursing College in Sandakan will not be relocated to Kota Kinabalu or Tawau.
State Health and People’s Wellbeing Minister Datuk Stephen Wong Tien Fatt said his Ministry decided to reject the proposal by the Ministry of Health to merge the Ministry of Health Training Institute ((Institut Latihan Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia – ILKKM) here with the ILKKM in Kota Kinabalu by 2021.
Wong said they informed the Deputy Minister of Health about the decision during the latter’s visit to Sabah recently, adding that he (Wong) is confident that the State Government’s stand would be accepted by the Federal Government.
Wong said his Ministry has also applied for RM8 million for repair works on the Duchess of Kent Hospital.
“We hope the application can be approved for the needs of the hospital and comfort of the people or patients,” he said.
Earlier, Wong officiated the handing over ceremony of two units of haemodialysis machines worth about RM90,000 donated by Sabah Credit Corporation (SCC) for patients at the hospital’s Haemodialysis Unit.
It is also a SCC’s social responsibility programme for the people in need. The dialysis machines were the third and fourth donated by SCC.The donation was presented by SCC’s Chief Executive Officer Datuk Vincent Pung to Dr Aminuddin Baki, who represented Duchess of Kent Hospital’s Director Dr Francis Paul.
The ceremony was witnessed by Wong and SCC Chairman Datuk John Khoo.
Speaking at the event, Wong thanked SCC and hoped others would emulate SCC’s effort.
There are currently 342 haemodialysis machines in Sabah’s hospitals, while Sandakan has 29 machines, including the two new units donated by SCC.
Statistics from the State Health Department showed there are 1,481 kidney patients receiving treatment at haemodialysis units in government hospitals with 198 patients on the waiting list.
In Sandakan, there are 125 such patients with 10 on the waiting list.
“Many cannot afford treatment in private hospitals which will cost almost RM3,000 a month compared to government hospitals,” he said.
“Thus, it is important for the Government and various parties to come forward to assist these less fortunate patients,” he added.
SCC alone has assisted about RM1.7 million worth of machines throughout the State, while RM2.6 million is to help the wellbeing and welfare of hospitals across Sabah through its corporate social responsibility.
Meanwhile, Dr Amiruddin thanked SCC for the two new dialysis machines.
He said currently, out of 29 available machines, four units are for patients with infectious diseases such as Hepatitis B and C, while average patient is 120 and 110 still waiting for their turn.
A total of 40 patients had to be referred to private dialysis centres because of insufficient machines. -Mardinah Jikur