Hospital late in giving emergency treatment
6th July, 2009
KENINGAU: A timber camp worker almost lost his thumb and probably his life because he was not able to get emergency treatment at the Nabawan Hospital a month ago.
Jospel Bin Gitih, 41, accidentally touched a rotating chainsaw while his colleague was felling a tree and his thumb was nearly severed.
The drive took almost three hours and when he reached the hospital, a staff told him to wait because the medical officer had left to get his children from school.
Despite being covered in blood and feeling faint from blood loss, Jospel waited for another hour before a medical staff attended to him.
However, he was asked if he wanted the stitches to be done in the “best” way or some other way.
Confused, he just told the staff to stitch up the wound and on hindsight, regretted not having asked for further information on the extent of the injury and follow-up treatments.
“I asked the medical staff when the stitches could be removed and was told that the staff could do it easily,” he said.
He was not given a letter of reference either which complicated his visit to the Keningau Hospital several weeks later for a review.
“Fortunately, after I explained everything that had happened the Keningau Hospital agreed to give me follow-up treatment,” he said.
Jospel hopes the authorities will ensure that emergency patients at the Nabawan Hospital are able to get the proper urgent treatment they deserve.