SANDAKAN (Bernama): The federal government has approved a RM10.8mil allocation for the Duchess of Kent Hospital here.
Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said out of the total, RM7.4mil is to replace damaged equipment while another RM3.4mil was for the construction of a new building to house medical records and new ear, nose and throat clinic.
"RM6mil of the allocation is from the Finance Ministry while RM4.8mil is from the Health Ministry.
"Apart from improving the hospital's facilities, this provision is also for the purchase of medical equipment needed by the hospital such as a magnetic resonance Imaging (MRI) machine which is expected to be completed next year (2020) worth RM3mil, a portable ultrasound machine worth RM300,000 and two sets of craniotomy machines worth RM500,000," he said.
Lim was speaking to reporters after visiting the Elopura market here with Sandakan MP Vivian Wong on Monday (May 27).
Also present were Sabah Health and People Well-being Minister Datuk Frankie Poon and DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang.
Commenting on the hospital's parking problem, Lim said the government had decided on the construction of a new building via privatisation.
He said the site has been identified and further discussions would be held with the Sandakan MP as well as the Tanjung Papat and Elopura assemblymen.
"The approval of this provision is expected to improve the quality of services provided to patients, while improving the quality of life of more than 400,000 residents in the Sandakan district.
"This is in line with the government's commitment in ensuring shared prosperity and more Malaysians will have access to necessary medical services," he said. – Bernama