Miri Hospital Molecular Laboratory extension ready by June 11; PCR test capacity up to 1,400 tests per day

Zoom meeting between Yii (top row, first right) and the working committee of 'Kita Jaga Miri' platform yesterday (June 3).

KUCHING, June 4: The extension project of the Miri Hospital Molecular Microbiology Laboratory to increase the Covid-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) swab testing capacity from 800 to 1,400 tests a day is expected to be completed by next Friday (June 11).

Aside from its primary objective to increase testing capacity, Miri City Council (MCC) said the secondary objective of the RM750,000 project was to expedite the delivery of results to the Person Under Investigation (PUI) and Person Under Surveillance (PUS).

In a joint Zoom meeting between MCC mayor Adam Yii Siew Sang and the working committee of non-governmental organisation (NGO) ‘Kita Jaga Miri’ yesterday (June 3), Yii was informed that the building works kicked off yesterday and is scheduled to be handed over to the Miri Hospital in a week’s time.

The building works underway to extend the existing Molecular Laboratory at Miri Hospital.

“We are pleased that the virtual meeting was fruitful as that the project has the full support of the Miri City Council, whereby the MCC has also pledged funding to be utilised for this project.

“The Honourable Mayor also occasioned to record his appreciation to the ‘Kita Jaga Miri’ platform for its past contributions toward the relief efforts made for those affected by the Covid-19 pandemic in Miri, and also towards the setting-up of the drive thru pharmacy in Miri Hospital and Tudan Clinic,” said the Council in a statement today.

This morning, Yii also went down to the grounds to witness the commencement of the extension project of the molecular laboratory at Miri Hospital.

Yii (second left) talking to the press after a working visit to the Miri Hospital Molecular Laboratory extension project.

The ‘Kita Jaga Miri’ platform which was in charge of the extension project included the Sarawak Housing and Real Estate Developers Miri Branch, Rotary Club of Miri Oil Town (RMCOT), Federation of Miri Division Chinese Association Sarawak Youth Section and the Advocates Association of Sarawak Miri Branch. — DayakDaily