MIRI: The Long Lama Clinic in rural northern Sarawak that caters to a population of 40,000 people, has been closed.
The clinic that cost RM30mil to build, is on a hill slope and declared unsafe by Public Works Department (JKR).
Community elder Michael Ding said patients had been told not to come to the clinic and to seek treatment elsewhere instead.
“The building is sinking as the ground below the clinic is not stable. There are big cracks on the walls of the clinic,” he said.
Ding said there was talk a temporary clinic would be built in another location to cater to the people.
“However, for now we have to seek medical treatment at the next nearest clinic which is in Bakong bazaar.
“That clinic is about 80km from here, or one-and-a-half hours away by road. This is going to pose a problem for those without their own transport,” he said.
Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau said the clinic was a safety hazard and had to be closed.
“Over time, there were more cracks appearing and it was sinking further.
“A full-scale investigation into this matter is underway. Preliminary findings show soil movement at the site of the clinic.
“A construction project is being carried out down the hill and this could be the cause,” he said.
The Long Lama Clinic, built seven years ago, serves as a medical hub for residents in the Baram district that has a population of about 40,000.
Telang Usan is one of three state constituencies in Baram. The other two are Mulu and Marudi.
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