KUCHING: A new health clinic is being built in Siburan near here in line with the Federal Government’s commitment to improving health facilities in Sarawak.
Deputy Health Minister Dr Lee Boon Chye said the RM28.7mil clinic would have outpatient, mother and child, emergency, dental, and X-ray services, and be able to accommodate up to 500 patient visits daily.
Scheduled for completion in December 2021, it will replace the existing clinic which opened in 1964 and is now facing congestion with visits from 200 to 300 patients a day.
“The Siburan clinic is currently running with a specialist and a few medical officers.
“When the services increase upon completion of the new clinic, we will post more doctors and medical staff,” Dr Lee told reporters at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new clinic yesterday.
He said it was one of three new urban clinics to start construction this year, with the other two in Tabuan Jaya here and Serian.
Two other urban clinics will be built in Daro and Miri, as well as nine rural clinics, over the next few years.
“It is important that there is close cooperation between the state and federal governments.
“In this case, the Federal Government supports the improvement of health services here, with a series of projects in Sarawak in the pipeline,” he said.
Dr Lee also said a new block was being planned for the Miri Hospital, while a burn unit at the Bintulu Hospital had just been completed and should be operational soon.
In addition, he said new contractors had been appointed for the delayed Sri Aman and Petra Jaya hospitals, and work has resumed.