KUCHING, May 22: Minister-in-charge of Miri District Disaster Management Committee (DDMC) Datuk Lee Kim Shin has suggested that a multi-storey carpark be included in the Miri Hospital building extension project to ease traffic problems in the hospital.
According to Sarawak Public Communication Unit (Ukas) in a news report today, Lee said the car park was necessary and very much needed for the convenience of the people.
“I request the MOH to include one more additional project, which is the multi-storey carpark construction project. Apart from that, the road surrounding the hospital areas also need to be widened to four lanes in order to avoid congestion due to heavy traffic,” he said after visiting the Miri Hospital building extension project site last Thursday.
The statement noted that the RM289.2 million Miri Hospital building extension project, which started on June 25, 2021 and is expected to be completed on Oct 18, 2023, is now at 4.10 per cent progress.
The hospital will house a total of 328 beds, with emergency services, and both the women (Obstetric and Gynecology) and children (Pediatric) wards will also be moved from the old block into the new building.
Currently, Miri Hospital has a total of 45 specialists and subspecialists and it will be increased based on the increasing number of the local population, and there is a plan from the government to bring new sub-specialist services for the hospital.
Meanwhile, Lee, who is also the state Minister of Transport, hoped that the upgrading works of Miri Hospital would put it on par with the hospitals in other states.
“Hopefully Miri Hospital will become the hospital for the Northern Region of Sarawak, with equivalent standards as other hospitals in Peninsular Malaysia,” he said.
He added the upgrading works should include Sibu and Bintulu Hospitals too in order to reduce the dependency on Sarawak Government Hospital (SGH). — DayakDaily