Deputy health minister: Interim health clinic to be built in Long Lama next year

Deputy Health Minister Dato Lukanisman Awang Sauni when interviewed by TVS regarding the steps taken by the MOH to improve the condition of clinic in Telang Usan constituency. Photo credit: TVS.

KUCHING, Nov 10: An interim health clinic will be built in Long Lama next year, says Deputy Health Minister Dato Lukanisman Awang Sauni.

According to a news report from TV Sarawak on Nov 6, Lukanisman said the interim clinic addresses the overcrowding issue at the current clinic operating at the Long Lama Community Hall.

He said the existing clinic could not be repaired due to its soil structure, which could not be saved even though an erosion barrier would be built.

“During a visit to the Long Lama Community Hall, I found that this clinic needs a new site. I suggested to the representatives and health officers of the Miri division to establish an interim clinic since the community hall is not able to meet the needs of the residents and is not conducive.

“This interim clinic is like the Medan Hospital, which is used temporarily until we get an allocation to rebuild a more conducive and comprehensive clinic in Pekan Long Lama,” he told reporters when met at the Parliament Building in Kuala Lumpur.

Lukanisman added that he would leave matters regarding the land to the State government’s discretion to provide sites without needing a complicated procurement process.

“If we have a suitable site, then the Ministry of Health (MOH) will be ready to build this interim clinic.

“We will speed up the construction process, and this interim clinic will be ready within five to seven years,” he said. — DayakDaily