Mobile hospital set up at Felda Sahabat

KUALA LUMPUR: The Health Ministry will set up a 40-bed "mobile hospital" to provide medical treatment for the people and security forces personnel at Felda Sahabat in Lahad Datu, Sabah.

Its minister, Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, said the mobile hospital would benefit those in the remote area as many of the injured or sick patients had to travel more than 100km to reach the nearest hospital.

The Lahad Datu health centre, nearer to Felda Sahabat, only provides outpatient treatment without warding patients.

The mobile hospital, which will be built beside the Lahad Datu health centre, will bolster treatments currently provided at a 12-bed mobile tent set up there.

Six groups comprising 44 medical personnel, specialists, pediatricians and psychiatrists from here will be deployed there.

Liow said safety would not be an issue as the mobile hospital would be located 6km away from the conflict zones and guarded around the clock by security forces.

He added that the ministry was monitoring the hygiene and sanitation levels at relief centres for displaced villagers to prevent any disease outbreak. Liow said vaccinations would be carried out to those at the relief centres.

It was previously reported that the ministry had allocated RM4 million to provide free medical treatment to those in the terrorist-hit areas of Sabah, including the security forces.