ACCESSIBILTY TO HEALTH SERVICES IN RURAL SARAWAK THROUGH 1MALAYSIA MOBILE CLINICS
Dr. Shin Young-soo, WHO Regional Director for Western Pacific Region is visiting Sarawak to witness the accessibility of health services available for the rural population. Accompanied by Datuk Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah, Director General of Health Malaysia and senior officials from Putrajaya and Sarawak State Health Department, Dr. Shin visited the 1Malaysia Mobile Clinic at Rumah Sayun in Sungai Arang. This mobile health service was officiated by YAB Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak, on 14th April 2011.
The concept of 1Malaysia Mobile Clinic or better known as Klinik Bergerak 1Malaysia (KB1M), which is to provide health services to rural communities who are unable to access the existing static health clinics. These clinics also benefit the communities by improving early detection of chronic disease, thus helping to reduce the prevalence of chronic disease, reduce the complications in people with chronic disease through continuous monitoring and reduce cost of treating chronic illness with complications.
The 1Malaysia Mobile Clinic on Baram River started its service in March 2011. Currently it provides service to 2,354 people living along the river. The mobile clinic provides scheduled health services which are free of charge in identified locations. The medical team consists of a medical officer, pharmacist, assistant medical doctor, Staff nurse, community health nurse and health attendant. The scope of services provided by this team includes Maternal and Child health, Outpatient including emergency care, dental, screening of health risk, health education, promotion and counselling, follow up of chronic illness, referral of cases, minor procedures, notification of infectious disease, Point of care test and dispensing drugs.