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New Hospital In Sri Aman In 2013

April 12, 2011


SRI AMAN: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak brought cheer to the people of Sri Aman when he announced that a new hospital would be built to cater for the people’s medical needs.

The Prime Minister said the construction of the RM200mil hospital with 108 beds would begin this year and was expected to be completed by 2013.

As he announced this to the crowd during his walkabout in town, the news was greeted with thunderous applause and cheers.

“This is not an election promise but the government deemed it necessary to build a new hospital in Sri Aman.

Time for everyone: Najib chatting with 65-year-old patient Ala Abor at Sri Aman Hospital while Liow looks on. — ZULAZHAR SHEBLEE / The Star

“I hope the people will continue to support Barisan Nasional so that we can bring about more changes and development,” he said.

Earlier at a press conference, the Prime Minister said Sri Aman needed a new hospital as the existing one had been in service since 1959, adding that earthwork would begin this year while building construction would start in 2012.

“For the time being, the Health Ministry will place a specialist at Sri Aman hospital to attend to serious cases that are being referred here.

“This is necessary because the travelling time between Sri Aman and Kuching is about three hours and the distance will expose patients to high risk.

Furthermore, when a patient is seriously ill, he must be attended to immediately.

“With a specialist stationed at this hospital, patients need no longer be rushed to Kuching hospital and I have directed the ministry to look into this as soon as possible,” he said.

The Prime Minister, accompanied by Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai earlier visited patients and presented them with goodies.

Meanwhile, Liow said the site of the new hospital would be in Jalan Kejatau, adding that the government, under the 10th Malaysia Plan had planned for the hospital to have six areas of specialities including medical, surgery, obstetrics and gynaecology as well as paediatrics.

“Services at the Sri Aman Hospital need to be upgraded as it also serves people in the surrounding area such as Betong, Engkelili, Mantu and Lingga.

“There are also plans to build new hospitals in Petrajaya and Lawas as well as clinics in the rural areas.”

He said once the new hospital was in operation, the existing one would be turned into a polyclinic.