Sarawak govt to set up interim medical block for Bintulu Hospital

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By Adrian Lim & Karen Bong

BINTULU, May 19: The State government will set up an interim medical block to assist Bintulu Hospital with managing patients seeking medical treatment at the hospital.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said the construction of the interim building will be implemented through the Industrialised Building System (IBS).

“We have agreed to set up an interim building using IBS.

“I was briefed that some patients in Bintulu Hospital are from Mukah, Dalat and Belaga.

“We are aware that there are insufficient hospitals especially for chronic patients.

“We will also add more hospital beds. This initiative is from the State government,” he said during a press conference here today.

Abang Johari explained that the setting up of the interim building was to handle the increasing number of patients who are desperate for medical treatment, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.

He expounded that the interim building will then be turned into a hospital block by the Ministry of Health in the future.

On the number of hospital beds within the interim building, Abang Johari said the matter will be decided by the State Health Department.

On the request by Bintulu Hospital, Abang Johari who is also Finance and Economic Planning Minister said the state government has approved RM870,000 for the hospital to procure the necessary resources including laptop and medical equipment to support its healthcare service delivery.

He added RM488,500 has also been approved for Bintulu Health Office to improve their system and RM5 million approved to the State Health Department to procure equipment. — DayakDaily