SHAH ALAM: The Shah Alam Hospital will finally be fully operational by January – more than five years after the project was supposed to have been completed.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said the hospital would begin operation in phases, starting with the outpatient and specialist clinics in October.
“The wards are not functional yet as we are still testing the equipment.
“We also need to make sure the computer systems are in order,” Dr Subramaniam told a press conference after the handing over ceremony of the project yesterday.
The hospital, located at Section 7 here, has 300 beds offering 14 areas of specialist care, including paediatrics, surgery, obstetrics and gynaecology.
Dr Subramaniam hoped that with the facility, those living in Shah Alam and its surrounding areas would be able to get access to comprehensive health services.
“This will also help reduce the congestion at the Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital in Klang,” he said.
The hospital, he said, would have a staff strength of 1,268, including 366 doctors and 60 specialists.
“Initially, it will have 909 staff members, which are about 72% of the hospital’s workforce. The other posts will be filled later,” he added.
Also present at the event were Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof and Tanjung Karang MP Datuk Seri Noh Omar.
The much-delayed project was first awarded to Sunshine Fleet Sdn Bhd at a cost of RM482.6mil under a three-year contract between 2007 and 2010.
The company, however, only managed to complete 27% of the project at a cost of RM139.9mil before its contract was terminated in September 2010.
The project was then revived and awarded to Gadang Engineering (M) Sdn Bhd in 2011, at a cost of RM410.87mil.
Gadang applied for an extension twice and finally finished work on March 31, after having to rectify the initial work by Sunshine Fleet.
The Public Works Department is taking action against Sunshine Fleet.
When asked about the dengue situation, Dr Subramaniam said the number of cases had dropped during the Hari Raya season.
“Before Hari Raya, there were between 2,800 and 3,000 cases a week but the number dropped during the period as there were fewer people in the Klang Valley.
“Now that the people are back, the number may go up. But we are monitoring the situation,” he said.