Sometime in Nov 2014, I met up with YB Tony Pua. In the midst of discussion on other matters, he discussed their Impian Sarawak program. My patient form Sarawak has also given me a feedback that this Impian Sarawak program by DAP has caught the eyes of the Sarawak state government. YB Tony suggested if we doctors would be interested in running a healthcamp in the interior of Sarawak. The answer is of course a big YES. We have always felt that without the support of the people of Sarawak, it would be almost impossible to change the tenant at Putrajaya. It is in this light that I began working on this project. The understanding was that DAP will be our logistics partner as they have a set-up in Sarawak that can help facilitate the organisation of the Camp.
Following the meeting with YB Tony, I met up with Dr Steven Chow ( President FPMPAM ) and he also was in support of the idea. He agreed that we could use the FPMPAM-CARE banner. I began recruiting doctors and raising funds. God was kind. I managed to recruit 10 doctors of various specialties, including 2 GPs. There were also 7 nurses and 1 administrator. One of the doctor will double up as our official photographer. We intend to capture this event, both for our sponsors sake and also for FPMPAM branding sake.
It was heartening to see support coming in from many well wishers. Some doctors donated drugs. Someone donated 1,000 tooth brushes for the residents. I had to buy about RM 12K of drugs ( we will have a rather large pharmacy ). The DAP have managed to organise for us to work in the Bawang Assan, Sungai Aup and Bintangor area. It is YB's impression that we will be seeing 300-400 patients a day. The camp dates are 19-21st January 2015.
Coming along with us, is a senior dermatologist, a dental surgeon armed with a portable dental chair, adequate to perform dental extractions if necessary. The ophthalmologist is equipped with a slit lamp and tonometer to do full eye examination and screening. There is a senior OG with an abdominal ultrasound scan. We also intend to offer breast examination screening for breast cancer. Sounds exciting.
Wish us well please. It is my first time in rural Sarawak. I have always been to Kuching and surrounding.
Organising this project has kept me busy over the last 1 month.
If what YB Tong and YB Oscar estimate is correct, I may also take this opportunity to do a rural health survey of the rural Sibu area.
Well, lets see how it goes.
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