Sarawak spotlights importance of public health

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Sarawak has made strides in promoting public health, but the challenge of meeting three million peoples’ medical needs is ongoing for the Malaysian state.

It’s hoped the 54th Asia Pacific Academic Consortium for Public Health (APACPH) Conference 2023, taking place at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching, in October, will pave the way for health development and address the challenges of providing health care to urban and rural communities.

More than 800 public health experts, practitioners and industry collaborators will meet at the event to discuss research and find solutions to provide everyone with access to healthcare.

Recent public health intiatives by the Sarawak Government include forming the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee, building the Sarawak Heart Centre, and investing RM200m($45m) in the Sarawak Infectious Disease Centre. The government is also in talks with the Ministry of Health Malaysia to open a cancer care centre. 

“Public health is extremely important. It goes beyond preventing and responding to diseases — it is about giving everyone access to the right healthcare services and facilities to improve their quality of life and live longer,” said Dr Sim Kui Hian, Sarawak’s deputy premier and minister for public health, housing and local government. 

“The government has spent decades focusing on the improvement of healthcare and medicine but today, we are facing new challenges that need more research, collaboration and innovation. The 54th APACPH Conference will be at the heart of community and public health education and transform Sarawak into a global hub for public health research and learning.”

The conference is set to take place from 30 October to 1 November. The main organiser, Asia Pacific Academic Consortium for Public Health has entrusted the University of Malaysia, Sarawak (UNIMAS) as the local host; while the Ministry of Public Health, Housing and Local Government Sarawak, Sarawak State Health Department, and BESarawak are supporting the conference.

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