KUALA NERUS: The parliamentary constituency of Kuala Nerus is now the newest district of Terengganu.
In making the announcement, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said: “It was timely for Kuala Nerus to be established as the eighth district of the state as it is developing well.”
The 39,890ha Kuala Nerus is a region in Kuala Terengganu and has more than 200,000 residents.
Najib, who was at the groundbreaking ceremony of the teaching hospital Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA), said there were many institutions of higher learning in Kuala Nerus.
Among them are the Institute of Teacher Education Dato Razali Ismail Campus and Universiti Malaysia Terengganu as well as an industrial training institute.
Najib noted that besides institutes of higher learning, the Sultan Mahmud Airport and the Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin Stadium were also located in the region.
He added that Kuala Nerus was also famous for its local delicacies and is a popular tourist destination.
“There are many more plans in the works for the development of Kuala Nerus.
“For example, this campus is located next to Bandar Baru Kuala Nerus, which will become a reality soon.
“Therefore, the Government has agreed to the upgrade of Kuala Nerus as Terengganu’s eighth and newest district,” he said.
On the new teaching hospital, Najib said the increased need for specialist medical services and for medical students to undergo practical training justified the construction of the facility.
Najib said he was made to understand that the ratio of hospital beds to population for Terengganu is 1:837, whereas the ratio in the Klang Valley is 1:232.
In Penang the ratio is 1:349, Johor is at 1:473 and the national ratio is 1:496.
The World Health Organisation set the best ratio at around 1:400.
“This shows that there is a basis for the establishment of the UniSZA teaching hospital.
“I have high hopes for the hospital to become among the best research centres for chronic diseases,” he said.
Up to RM350mil has been allocated for the development of the hospital’s first phase of 200 beds.
Najib said that for the second phase of the development plan another 200-bed facility would be added.
Also present at the ceremony were Terengganu Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad Razif Abd Rahman and Second Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh.
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