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First Cancer Hospital Opens in Sabah

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Published on : Dec 23, 2014

Opening and setting up of the new Nuclear and Radiotherapy Medical Centre for cancer patients was timely and valuable as it is set to benefit all the patients from the state and Sarawak. 

The new cancer hospital in Kota Kinabalu RM224mil (S$84.5mil) will prove fruitful to several cancer patients because the area is in need of treatment severely, said Datuk Seri Musa Aman - Sabah Chief Minister. 

Sabah is the first cancer hospital in east Malaysia. Different patients from Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan will be able to benefit the facilities of this hospital without having the need to go further to peninsula or overseas, said the Chief Minister on the official launch day of the hospital.   

The hospital is equipped with high-end, state-of-the-art medical facilities that would help to enhance the quality and service of medical facilities in Sabah, said Musa at the hospital. He also added that he was informed there are more than 2,000 new cancer patients vying to receive treatments at the hospital, since it began operating in April, 2013. This only proved that patients have full confidence in their medical facilities and services provided. This will also save patients large sums of money to travel to peninsula for treatment. 

The hospital had aided the Health Ministry in terms of cost saving RM1.5mil per year, said Musa. This type of process is more convenient and faster. According to the government Musa has been a great helping hand at bringing in more oncologists and many other specialists to work at the institute, as compared to the four staff they had. 

Advanced medical facilities is one of the major challenges faced by Malaysia; however the efforts to try and solve the problem are the best. 

Long before the completion of the hospital, the cancer patients in need of radiotherapy were sent to peninsula for treatment or referred to a privately owned Sabah Medical Center. 

Among the varied services, some of the major services offered by the hospital are nuclear and diagnose medical ward, haematology, palliative care, radiotherapy and oncology, and bone marrow transplant. Recently, the firm has also carried out its first bone marrow transplant.

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