Establishment of community pharmacy in hospitals
KUCHING: Syarikat Ramaida Sdn Bhd has donated RM2 million to the Sarawak Health Workers Cooperative to fund the establishment of community pharmacies in all public hospitals in Sarawak.
State Health Department Director Datu Dr Zulkifli Jantan witnessed the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between Syarikat Ramaida CEO Datuk Mazelan Bugo and Cooperative Secretary Abg Mustapha, who is held at the state health department office at Jalan Diplomatik, off Jalan Bako here, Thursday.
Zulkifli revealed that two community pharmacies, each at Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) and SGH Cardiac Centre, are expected to be operational later in May.
“It costs about RM80,000 to set up a pharmacy. It offers a wide range of goods and services as well as health and wellness services apart from a pharmacy which is very similar to Guardian and Watson,” he explained.
The cooperative’s chairman, Lee Wee Ju, said the initiative aims to strengthen the delivery of health care to communities.
“This initiative also provides an opportunity for the cooperative to generate economic activity in the field of pharmacy,” he said.
“But more importantly, this approach is focused on patient well-being as well as raising community awareness of the importance of healthcare,” he stressed.
Continuing his developments, he said that the community pharmacy allows better accessibility for patients to stock up on prescription and over-the-counter medicines, especially those that are not listed in the KKM’s medicine formulary (FUKKM) or the formulary. of the hospital.
“Community Pharmacy offers a range of products and services to help patients and clients get well, stay and live well and reduce the cost burden,” he explained.
“We want to provide patients and customers with the most affordable prices for their medications, in a convenient and accessible location,” he said.
“Through our pharmacies, we hope to be able to meet customer needs with our wide range of products and services, including medical equipment,” he added.
The community pharmacy, according to Lee, will be expanded to Sibu, Bintulu, Miri and Kapit one month after the first two community pharmacies go into operation.
Previously, the cooperative presented a check for RM50,000 to Zulkifli, as a contribution to support the Sarawak Medical Club during the Malaysian Ministry of Health sports meet to be held in Melaka in May. With this contribution, Lee hopes that the Sarawak State Department of Health will function well and achieve excellent results.