KUALA LUMPUR: A total of RM126.6mil was spent on mobile health service in Sarawak through air transport known as the Air Doctor Service (PDU) from 2010 until 2017.
Health Minister Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said the PDU service benefited 22,113 residents in the interior of Sarawak where the nearest health facilities were difficult to reach by road and river.
“The cumulative arrival of clients from 2010 to 2017 for this service totalled 297,604 people, including new and repeated clients which incurred an expenditure of around RM15.8mil annually,” he told the Dewan Rakyat sitting.
He was replying to a question from Dr Michael Teo Yu Keng (PH-Miri), who wanted to know the total allocation for PDU in Sarawak from 2010 to 2017 and the number of patients who had been treated during that period.
Dr Dzulkefly said there were nine PDU teams on standby to provide outpatient treatment, follow-up treatment on chronic diseases, infectious diseases detection, maternal and child health, health education, emergency case references and further treatment for certain cases in hospital.
In addition, he said the PDU also provided medical emergency evacuation (Medevac) from health clinics to hospitals, PDU locations to hospitals and between hospitals to specialist hospitals.
He said a total of 2,501 patients had used the Medevac service from 2010 to 2017. — Bernama