Sarawak Heart Centre has potential to be among world’s best

Dr Sim (seventh right) and state Health Department director Dr Chin Zin Hing (sixth right) with staff of Sarawak Heart Centre. – New Sarawak Tribune Pix

By John Isaac

THE Sarawak Heart Centre (SHC) at Kota Samarahan has the potential to be one of the best in the world in ten years’ time.

Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said the cardiac centre could be a world leader in clinical and research excellence.

“This is complemented by the development of the Sarawak Cancer Centre and Sarawak Infectious Disease Centre which will be in close proximity, supported by Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) and Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Sarawak.

“It is also near the industrial free zone and future infrastructures such as Autonomous Rail Rapid Transit (ART) and close to Kuching International Airport,” he said in a Facebook post as reported by the New Sarawak Tribune.

On the 20th anniversary of cardiac services in Sarawak, Dr Sim who is a cardiologist by training lauded the role of the Sarawak Heart Centre staff in delivering their services to the people.

“For the last 20 years, thank you to each member of the multi-discipline teams for your services, dedication, passion, sacrifices in caring and giving tens of thousands of fellow Sarawakians another chance to live,” he said.

Dr Sim said while the cardiac services started initially with less than 30 staff members, it has expanded to nearly a thousand members from multiple departments.

“I hereby salute and appreciate all members of the team who believe and share our common vision, passion and mission.

“I am truly honoured and privileged to work with a great team of fine young men and women for Sarawak,” he said.