Rangkaian Khidmat Awam Negeri Sarawak
A MONTHLY SUPPLEMENT OF RAKAN SARAWAK BULLETIN

(People, events, activities and programmes which make for a total quality-managed Sarawak Civil Service)

ISSN 1394-5726

 
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Telemedicine extends its reach to rural healthcare providers
One major fear for people who live in rural or remote areas is how to get fast and adequate medical services in cases of ill health or accidents. Gone are the days of seeking the help of the ‘medicine man’ as communities of today develop into a knowledge-based society and access to information is just a mouse click away.

The Malaysian health vision is “to be a nation of healthy individuals, communities and society, through a health system that is equitable, affordable, efficient, technologically appropriate, environmentally adaptable and consumer friendly, with emphasis on quality, innovation, health promotion and respect for human and community participation towards an enhanced quality of life”.

Based on this health vision, the Ministry of Health has proposed that all rural health clinics in Sarawak be supplied and equipped with Universal Service Provision (USP) and Tele-Primary Care (TPC) services. This is good news for Kapit, an area that is as big as Pahang in Peninsular Malaysia but with only 5 doctors serving the Division.

The emphasis of the Eighth Malaysia Plan (8MP) (2001-2005) is in improving the quality of public health and curative services in the nation. Under the 8MP, RM5.5 billion has been allocated to further develop health services in the nation and out of this amount, RM708.30 million goes to rural health.

According to YBhg Tan Sri Datu Dr. Mohamad Taha b. Ariff, Director-General of Health Malaysia during his visit to monitor the installations of USP and PC in Kapit Division, these programmes are in line with the 8MP and will enable rural clinics to link into tele-health and tele-primary care services via satellite. “Medical personnel and residents could also gain access to internet facilities, e.g., e-mails, sending reports to main office and gathering more information on medical matters from World Health Organization (WHO) and other health care providers locally and internationally,” added the Director-General of Health.

Presently, the rural health clinics in Kapit equipped with USP include Nanga Ibau along Batang Rejang, Nanga Entawau in Baleh and Nanga Engkuah in Katibas. With USP and TPC, combined with the Flying Doctor Services (FDS), residents in Kapit are assured of effective, efficient and com-prehensive medical services and health care.
 
 



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