Land on higher ground offered for relocation of clinic, school

Dennis distributes rice to a senior citizen.

LONG BEMANG, Baram: A group of villagers from Long Bemang in the interior of Baram proposed for the relocation of Long Bemang Community Health Clinic and SRK Long Bemang to higher ground.

The clinic and primary school are on low-lying ground, which is flood-prone.

The flood disrupts health and medical services, and also teaching and learning at the school.

A villager from Long Bemang offered his land for the relocation, revealed Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau at the launch and prize presentation for the Long Bemang Run held in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of Long Bemang community clinic built in 1977.

“Reaching 40 is an achievement and you must be proud of it. The clinic plays an important role and has improved your life. Offering your land shows your care and concern for the safety and comfort of staff and patients. It also shows your sense of belonging — that the clinic belongs to you, not only to the Ministry of Health,” said Dennis.

He assured all that the villagers themselves would be involved in every aspect of the clinic such as its maintenance.

The assemblyman would highlight their proposal to the Ministry of Health and the Education Department.

Dennis said the government cares for the people even those in the interior. The clinic not only caters to people in Long Bemang but also to nearby villages of Long Tujang, Long Buang and Long Wat.

Patrick Chiew Seng Hou, medical assistant in-charge of Long Bemang community clinic and other staff pledged to give the best healthcare and medical services to the people despite the challenges.

“We still depend on generator which operates until 10pm. We need a specialist for serious and emergency cases. Serious and emergency cases are

referred to Miri Hospital — a journey that would take around four hours,” he said.

The clinic also conductedhealth education and awareness programmes to reduce the

number of non-communicable diseases such as obesity and high blood from 86 in 2015 to 48 last year.

Source: The Borneo Post

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