The Ophthalmology Unit,  Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS), Kuching, Sarawak.
The Ophthalmology Department, Sarawak General Hospital, Kuching, Sarawak, East Malaysia.
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Kuching and Sarawak

 

The state of Sarawak is the biggest state in Malaysia and covers an area of 125,000 sq. km. It has a population of 2,357,500 (2006 census). Most inhabitants live by the coast and rivers.

Kuching is the state capital and the biggest city in Sarawak. It is situated near the western point of Sarawak by the Sarawak River. It has a population of 435,000. The Eye Department in Kuching is the tertiary referral centre for ocular diseases. The staff in Kuching also make regular clinical visits and perform cataract surgery in Sri Aman.

 

Outside Kuching, only three government hospitals have eye department staffed by trained ophthalmologists. These are Miri, Sibu and Bintulu. The eye services in other hospitals are provided by medical assistants who are nurses trained to treat common eye conditions. Patients that could not be managed by medical assistants are referred to the ophthalmologists.

 

2006 Sarawak Census

Ethnic Group

   Number

% of the population

Iban

   682,400

28.9%

Chinese

   601,200

25.5%

Malay

   524,500

22.2%

Bidayuh

   189,200

8%

Other indigenous population

(Kelabit, Kayan etc)

   133,500     

5.7%

Melanaus

   130,800

5.5%

Non-Malaysian

     86,700

3.7%

Non-Sarawakian Malaysians

       9,300

0.4%

Total population

2,357,500