RM30mil rural clinic in Baram on unstable ground


  • Metro News
  • Tuesday, 07 Jul 2020

The ground in front of Long Lama Clinic in Baram district is cracked due to soil movement.

MIRI: The RM30mil Long Lama Clinic in rural northern Sarawak, which was built on a hill slope, has suffered cracks and structural damage to its foundation.

Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau said a full-scale investigation into the ground collapse of the clinic had started.

“Teams from Public Works Department (JKR) are at the site now.

“The initial feedback I received was that there was major ground movement at the site.

“There is a big construction project being carried out at the bottom of the hill, which could have caused the slope to become more unstable, ” said Ngau.

The clinic opened about seven years ago.

There was a landslip on the slope below the clinic last week, resulting in big cracks on its front patio as well as the surrounding roadside and lanes at the nearby housing quarters.

Ngau said there were cracks at the front entrance of the clinic building.

“The clinic needs to stay open as more than a hundred patients come here daily.”

He said JKR engineers had told the clinic management to vacate the front area and move their operations to the back of the premises.

“We need to continue like this for now using the back entrance to the treatment rooms.

“If the cracks spread then there will be an evacuation and the clinic must shut down, ” he added.

The Long Lama Clinic was built as a medical hub for residents in the Baram district, which has a population of about 40,000 people.

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