All 6 lifts at SGH (main block) to be functional by this month — MP

Dr Yii (white shirt, blue pants) speaking to SGH management staff during his visit to the hospital.

KUCHING, Jan 6: All six lifts at the main block of Sarawak General Hospital are expected to be fully operational by the end of this month.

But at present, only two lifts are in working order. Two were damaged by flash floods on Nov 23 last year and the other two are still awaiting the Certificate of Fitness for Occupation (CF) from the Public Works Department (JKR) and the contractors.

Following public complaints, Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii visited the hospital recently to get to the bottom of the problem. There, he was told by SGH director Dr Chin Zin Hing and the hospital’s engineers that for the two lifts that were damaged by flood waters, there was a need for the lift motors to be left to dry and checked as a safety precaution.

The delays in the four lifts are also down to insurance claims and some procedural matters, Dr Yii said in a statement today.

“But today, we received the assurance that the CF for Lift 1 and Lift 6 has been released and they are expected to be functional by next week. The engineers also gave assurance that one of the spoilt lifts should be functional by next week, thus making it five functional lifts by next week.

“They estimate by this month that all lifts will eventually be functional by this month,” he shared.

Dr Yii pledged to follow up on this matter, which he said had caused a lot of inconvenience to the public, patients and hospital staff. — DayakDaily