| James Kon |
LEGISLATIVE Council member Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Putera Maharaja Dato Paduka Haji Abdul Ghani bin Pehin Datu Pekerma Dewa Dato Paduka Haji Abdul Rahim yesterday suggested having separate pathways at hospitals for inmates.
In response, Minister of Health Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar said, “The Ministry of Health (MoH) takes note of the suggestion and the welfare of every patient, including inmates who are receiving treatment at health facilities in the country.”
“The ministry will review the suggestion and other factors need to be considered, including public safety and the inmates themselves,” the minister said.
At Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital, for example, “the design of the hospital may be hard to provide special pathway for inmates to go to all the treatments,” he added.
The minister outlined a number of initiatives that have already been made, including, “if an inmate has an appointment with a doctor or for an X-ray, he will be given priority so that there will be less waiting time in a public area. In addition, inmates are given a special room in a specific ward. During an emergency, they will be in a separate room and not mixed with the public.”