1Malaysia clinics for Sabah; private hospital applauded

Four more 1Malaysia clinics will be opened in Sabah under the Tenth Malaysia Plan (10MP) to add to the five presently.

Deputy Health Minister Datuk Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin said in Papar that one will be opened in Tuaran district while the locations for the others are yet to be decided on.

“We plan to include Papar district as a location for 1Malaysia clinic,” she told reporters at a Chinese New Year gathering with traders here today.

Rosnah said the opening of 1Malaysia clinics had met an encouraging response from the people especially those of the low-income group.

On Gleneagles Medical Centre Kota Kinabalu, she said the setting up of the private hospital was timely as Sabah was still short of such facilities.

“We hope that the expertise provided by the premier private hospital will draw tourists to Sabah.”

She hopes that private hospitals would set up a fund to help rural patients and not solely focus on commercial gain.

Gleneagles Medical Centre Kota Kinabalu is a joint-venture project between Jesselton Wellness and Parkway Holdings Limited (Parkway).

The signing ceremony on Friday was witnessed by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman.