Construction of Miri and Lawas hospitals will soon commence

Dr Dzulkefly visiting patients at Miri Hospital.

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By Jaythaleela K

MIRI, Aug 2: The tender evaluation process of the new RM328 million Miri Hospital has been completed and will be awarded soon.

The long-delayed Lawas Hospital project, expected to begin this year, will be completed by 2023, said Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad.

He added that the site for the new Lawas Hospital has been identified. The “sick project”, which supposed to start in 2011, was originally slated for completion in 2016.

“The federal government is planning to strengthen the coverage of health care services in this state, especially those in the rural areas. We are fully aware on the need of health facilities to the people and the government will focus to improve this.

“The rural communities have long struggled for access to quality health care services,” he said during a working visit to Miri Hospital, today.

Miri MP Dr Micheal Teo, Pujut assemblyman Dr Ting Tiong Choon and Miri Hospital director Dr Jack Wong were present.

Dr Dzulkefly also highlighted the need for all health clinics in the Miri Division be upgraded to enable the tackling of disease outbreak.

Such services are crucial in tackling any of non-communicable disease (NCD), beside increasing healthcare outreach and coverage in the rural areas.

“We need to transform 35 health clinics in Miri to better improve the health care services here,” he said.

The minister also visited the Lawas Hospital earlier. — DayakDaily