Bintulu hospital’s new virus detection lab to get another PCR machine

Tiong (right) inspecting the virus detection laboratory in Bintulu hospital today. The labroary is expected to be ready soon.

KUCHING, May 23: The virus detection laboratory in Bintulu hospital will be getting another polymerase chain reaction (PCR) machine soon as a backup, said Bintulu MP Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing.

He added the facility has been successfully established from public donations through his service centre’s Covid-19 Pandemic Relief Fund.

“We will be getting another PCR machine as a secure backup to the existing unit in the event of needing a second test result or due to any equipment maintenance issues.

“And today, I made a visit to inspect the laboratory in Bintulu Hospital and I am delighted to report that the facility is nearly completed and will be in full swing and ready to serve soon,” Tiong said in a statement issued here today.

However, based on advice by the hospital, Tiong said the hospital decided that it would be prudent to equip the laboratory with an additional machine as a backup so that testing would not be affected.

“Additionally, I have also instructed the contractors to upgrade the flooring to specifications set by the hospital to completely follow professional public healthcare standard operating procedures. Hospital-standard flooring is wear-resistant, anti-bacterial, non-slip and easy to clean. This provides greater convenience and safety for medical staff and helps with the long-term operation and maintenance of the facility,” he said.

In addition, Tiong, who is also Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) president said two more instruments for laboratory testing will arrive in Bintulu within the next two weeks with some delay due to the Hari Raya festive holiday but expected to arrive in time for the facility’s opening.

“Taking delivery of these instruments and equipment is an important step forward for Bintulu’s medical care system. However, existing gaps still need to be filled by the Fund. Therefore, I urge the public to consider contributing to improving the medical system in Bintulu by supporting the Fund,” he said.

Tiong, who is also Prime Minister’s Special Envoy to China reiterated that the laboratory was established not only for address the present Covid-19 pandemic but it could also detect over 40 types of viruses.

“By uniting proactively to contribute to Bintulu’s long-term healthcare development, we can all benefit from a better future for the next generation,” added Tiong.—DayakDaily