By John Isaac
THE Ministry of Health’s explanation on the ventilators becoming dysfunctional en route to Sarawak is not acceptable.
“It is outrageous what had surfaced was an admission that Sarawak had been sent second hand goods previously used in Sg Buloh Hospital.
“Since the units of ventilators were 2004 models, it can be safely presumed that they have been around for quite some time.
“Can this be an affirmation of allegations by many Sarawakians that Sarawak is a recipient for discarded goods from Semenanjung?,” questioned Irene Chang, DAP’s assemblywoman for Bukit Assek
What makes it even more unacceptable is the fact that the discarded goods this time are urgently needed to save lives.
This shows the Federal Government’s total disregard towards the patients in Sarawak Hospitals.
The State Government should also take responsibility and account to the people for allowing Sarawak to be treated in this manner by Semenanjung.
The control and management of the pandemic situation in Sarawak needs a healthy and efficient health care system.
“We cannot expect our doctors and medical staff to do well when we do not provide them with the necessary equipment, facilities and sufficient manpower.
“This pandemic has shown many ugly rots in our health system which did not happen overnight but has been there for decades,” said Irene.
She called on the State Government to stand with the people of Sarawak and demand the Federal Government to stop neglecting and disregarding the healthcare system in Sarawak.
“They should insist that this matter not be swept under the carpet by the flimsy excuse that the transportation company was at fault and they should make right the wrong which has been committed on Sarawak during all these years, especially at this time when Sarawak is fighting a national health crisis,” asserted Irene.