Thursday, April 02, 2015
i stared at this for some time.....
while many are fortunate to be able to seek attention at medical centres & specialists' hospitals, this booklet is stark reminder that, while we often take things for granted, like clean running water & electricity, there are those on the other side of the social divide who are not so privileged, having to make do with river water & kerosene lamps.
& then there are those whose healthcare needs can only be met in government-run facilities.
i had a middle-aged lady recently who was admitted to the ICU for a critical illness. after a week of intensive treatment, we managed to get her thru the most difficult period but by then, her family's fund was running low & they requested for her to be transferred to the ICU of the local public hospital.
believe you me, it's extremely difficult to get such a vacant ICU bed but by a twist of events, we managed to get a vacant bed the next day. she was promptly transferred but unfortunately, she passed on after 2 days.
it's impossible to say if she'd have a better chance at survival had she remained at our hospital but it did leave a hollow feeling in me.
with the expected RM22b to be collected this year from the recently imposed GST, hopefully we'll get .......
.......a better public transport system instead of a luxuriously-furbished jet plane for the private use of the elite few
.......basic necessities for the rural folk instead of a monthly million ringgit electricity bill for just one dwelling....
......and well-trained medical staff in well-equipped public hospitals instead of mushrooming private medical schools recruiting mediocre students.