SEMPORNA: The Sabah Infrastructure Development Ministry has directed the state Water Department to take immediate steps to resolve Semporna Hospital's water woes.
Minister Datuk Peter Anthony said the steps included adding a 240,000l storage tank for water to be pumped into the hospital's main tank and adding two booster pumps for better water distribution.
“Aside from that, four pumps need to be replaced as well as the incoming pipe, which should be increased to six-inch pipes instead of the current two-inch pipes.
“These works are a priority for the Water Department; if possible, by tomorrow, send a pump and tank that can accommodate 40,000l,” he said after visiting the site for the storage tank at the hospital here.
Yesterday, Sabah Health and Wellness Minister Stephen Wong Tien Fatt was reported as saying that the water shortage at Semporna Hospital was at a critical stage and affected the quality of work of the medical workforce and health of patients.
According to Peter, who is also Melalap assemblyman, the water system used in the districts in Sabah did not follow specifications and most of the existing pipes needed replacement.
“For example, in Semporna, only 30% of the water can be supplied to consumers," he said, adding that other factors also contributed to the failure to channel 100% of the water to consumers, such as pipes being stolen and damaged pipes.
Meanwhile, he said a working paper on the short-term and long-term approach to address water issues in Sabah has been completed and would be presented at the state Cabinet meeting on June 27.
In another development, he hoped an application by the ministry for additional manpower for the Public Works Department, the Water Department and the Sewerage Department would be approved by the state Cabinet. — Bernama
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