Long march for medical attention after clinic destroyed

KOTA KINABALU: Residents of Sook sub-district inside Sabah will have to travel far from their homes to receive health services after a government clinic in their area was razed by fire.

Sabah Health Director Datuk Dr Rose Nani Mudin said the 4:30 p.m. fire at Mansiat Health Clinic in Jalan Tulid on Tuesday had completely destroyed its facilities as well as an ambulance.

The public will now have to visit the next nearest health facility, namely the Tulid Health Clinic located about 30 km from the town of Sook, she added.

Fortunately, she says, the five staff quarters about 50m from the fire were unaffected.

“Due to this incident, all health services will be moved to the clinic.

“In addition to this, a mobile clinic team will also be set up to serve residents in the Mansiat Clinic area,” she said in a statement on Tuesday evening.

Dr. Rose Nani said the Ministry of Health will identify other locations such as community halls as alternative facilities to provide health services to the local community.

“No injuries or deaths were reported during the incident.

“The fire and rescue service is still trying to establish the cause of the fire,” she added.

Firefighters rushed to the scene after receiving an emergency call at 4.48pm on Tuesday, but when they arrived found the clinic was already completely burnt down.

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