KUALA LUMPUR: Minister of Health, Dr Zaliha Mustafa, received a courtesy visit from Minister of Community Development and People’s Wellbeing Sabah, Datuk James Ratib, and his Advisor, Teoh Gim Hooi, in Parliament on Tuesday.
The visiting session aims to discuss various public health issues in the state of Sabah, especially related to the upgrading of infrastructure and health facilities provided in Sabah.
In addition, staffing issues were also discussed and proposals to upgrade health facilities were presented to strengthen the organizational structure of the health system in Sabah.
The suggestions and improvements that have been discussed are in line with the initiative of the Health White Paper (HWP), Ministry of Health Malaysia (KKM) which focuses on public health reform for the well-being of the community.
Meanwhile, James said that primary health care should help to address the broader determinants of health, shifting from a disease-oriented model to a person-centred wellness approach.
“Primary health care should take on more services that can be managed in the community but are currently being provided in hospitals such as certain disease management, rehabilitation and palliative services.
“And most importantly, primary health care providers should be the first point of contact for people to receive and consult on health services, especially promotive and preventive care,” he said.
Also present along with James were Deputy Minister of Health, Lukanisman Awang Sauni, and Director of the Sabah State Health Department, Datuk Dr Rose Nani Mudin.