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KPJ Sabah set to enhance health service landscape

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Tun Juhar (fourth right) and Toh Puan Norlidah (third right) accompanied by Yahya (third left) visit the radiotherapy treatment room after the opening

24th August, 2016

By PAUL MU & NURNABILA ADILAH

KOTA KINABALU: The KPJ Sabah Specialist Hospital is set to bring about a more dynamic health service landscape not only in Sabah but also in the region, said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Haji Aman.

He believed that with specialists, doctors, nurses and good hospital management, KPJ could uplift the quality of health services in Sabah.

“The increase in chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease and others are worrying. Although government hospitals are still the people’s choice to seek treatment, we now have an alternative following of the setting up of more private hospitals in the State,” said Musa in his speech read by Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Yahya Hussin at the opening of KPJ Sabah Specialist Hospital here on Tuesday.

The opening was officiated by Head of State Tun Haji Juhar Haji Mahiruddin. His wife Toh Puan Hajah Norlidah RM Jasni was also present.

He also said the opening of KPJ Sabah was a positive development in efforts to improve health services in the State – which was in line with the State government’s efforts to provide high quality and adequate health services. “KPJ’s presence will help make Sabah become a medical hub in the region apart from meeting the demands and offer an alternative choice for health services,” he added.

Musa said this was also in line with the Federal government’s Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) objectives to make tourism and healthcare sectors as economic drivers.

“It is my hope that private hospitals will expand to other major towns in Sabah, so that patients will not have to travel to the State Capital to seek medical treatment and services,” he said.

And, the Chief Minister also urged the KPJ Sabah to make sure its personnel provide quality services so as to attract more local and foreign patients.

“Besides providing health services, KPJ also plays an important role in providing employment opportunities to the local people,” he added.

   
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