Sinking Long Lama health clinic relocated, JKR to find source of erosion

The clinic to be relocated to Long Lama Multi purpose hall.

By Brad Rantayy

Long Lama, MIRI, July 11: The State government has tasked the Public Works Department (JKR ) to carry out soil studies on the Long Lama Health Clinic foundation for a solution to the continuous erosion.

JKR Sarawak has been given one week from today to come up with the outcome from the soil study.

Starting last month, several parts of the building structure began to collapse as the ground below the clinic kept cracking further.

Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas made the call on Saturday (July 11) during his visit to the Long Lama health clinic.

He was accompanied by Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau and Marudi assemblyman Datu Penguang Manggil.

In the meantime, the clinic will be re-located to Long Lama Multipurpose hall temporarily and star operation on July 20 while awaiting for the matter to be resolved.

Uggah (clad in green) inspecting the Long Lama clinic.

“Sarawak government has approved allocation worth RM70,000 for the improvement of the facility in Long Lama Multipurpose for the clinic relocation,” Uggah said.

He pointed out that health services to the area must continue despite the unfortunate event so that people within the area would be able to use the services provided.

“We will ask JKR to come up with a report within one week whether the RGC construction works adjacent to the clinic is the cause of the erosion or not, if yes, then we will issue a stop work notice,” he said.

The clinic, which caters to a population of 40,000, was sealed off on Wednesday (July 8) due to continuous soil erosion.

The building was built seven years ago, at a cost of RM30 million.—DayakDaily