Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is expected to launch the 1Malaysia boat clinic in Marudi on April 14, Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said today.
Liow said the boat clinic was a brain child of the Prime Minister to improve health service in the rural areas.
The mobile service had started operating between Kuala Baram and Ulu Baram, he told reporters after visiting the health clinic in Bekenu, about 43km from here.
Liow said the fully owned government company 1Malaysia Development Berhad contributed RM1 million to buy a boat for the service.
Two teams -each one of them comprising a doctor, dentist, pharmacist, medical assistant and several nurses – run boat clinic which serves people living on the banks of the Baram River.
Liow approved an allocation for a doctor to stationed full time at the Bekenu clinic and for a second ambulance to transfer patients to the Miri Hospital.
He said the hospital would have two new operating theatres costing RM8.5million. A ward for patients suffering from contagious diseases and would also be built while the pathology laboratory would be upgraded, Liow said.