KUCHING: The Labor Medico-Social Service (PKSP) plays a central role in meeting the needs of B40 and M40 patients who are still socially and economically affected as the country moves into the endemic phase of Covid-19.
Sarawak Deputy Health Minister Datuk Aaron Ago Dagang said PKSP is playing a vital role in building a network of cooperation with government agencies and non-governmental organizations to provide medical resources to help those groups.
“In facing the challenges of the endemic phase of Covid-19 and globalization now, PKSP’s mission is to ensure that the psychosocial needs of patients, families and communities are met in order to achieve better health” , he said at the inauguration of the Malaysian Medical Conference of Social Work Officers here today.
In the context of Sarawak, where the demographics and isolation of residences far inland are an issue for patients seeking treatment at health facilities, he said the PKSP can be a vehicle for the Ministry of Health (MOH) to ensure that government assistance is accessible to people.
“The Ministry of Health transforms the national health system through the recommendations of the White Paper on National Health Policy, from sick care or patient care to health care, and the PKSP must comply with the commitment from the Ministry of Health,” he said.
Aaron said that with the advancement of technology, PKSP should seize the opportunity to use the latest technologies to provide services to patients.
“The fourth strategic plan proposal to create virtual consultation between PKSP and clients, who cannot attend the follow-up consultation at the treatment facility, is timely to implement.
“Patient services must be continued through the latest methods and technologies so that the health and well-being of patients can be maintained,” he added.
The head of the medical social profession, Abd Halim Jamil, who also spoke at the event, said that the profession of PKSP may not be as well established as medical specialists or doctors, but that their functions and role have a positive impact on meeting the psychosocial needs of patients, families and communities.
“Various parties expressed how necessary it is to have PKSP in health facilities in order to provide services to the target group,” he added.-Bernama