KOTA KINABALU: Emergency assistance is underway to assist the Beluran Hospital as severe water shortage hit the district some 100km from the east coast Sandakan town.
Hospital authorities complained that they had run of water in the outpatient department and the haemodialysis unit as measures are being taken to resolve the shortage at the hospital.
Beluran MP Datuk Ronald Kiandee, who set up a task force to help coordinate efforts to resolve water shortage, said he had asked the Water Department to immediately channel water supply to the hospital.
"Though the district office was sending in a tanker with 400litres of water, I believe the best solution was to fill up the 20,000litre hospital tank immediately," he said when contacted.
As of 1pm Saturday (Dec 29), hospital authorities confirmed that water supply was temporarily restored.
According to Kiandee, this was not a new problem and has been festering for years as the district was in dire need of new pipes.
"Over the years, I've informed the previous Infrastructure Development Minister Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan and even the then chief minister Tan Sri Musa Aman for the need to change the pipes which were old.
"Nothing was done. It is not a district problem, the state Water Department has to take steps to change the old pipes," he said, hoping that the new government would act on the long-standing issue.
The district Water Department had implemented water rationing to Beluran town and several kampung in the area in an undated recent circular stating that the rationing will continue till February next year until two new water units are fitted at the intake area.
Kiandee said that the installation of new pumps was not a solution as the current pipelines were old and often burst due to high water pressure.
"They need to resolve the water piping to the town and other area," he added.
In a tweet, Beluran Hospital officer Dr Samson Galahap said that water supply to the hospital has been restored and their tanks were being filled.