KUCHING: The Federal Government is committed to improving health facilities in Sarawak, with new clinics planned for construction over the next few years, says Dr Lee Boon Chye.
The Deputy Health Minister said that work on three new urban clinics in Tabuan Jaya, Siburan and Serian will begin this year.
He said two other urban clinics would be built in Daro and Miri, while at least nine rural clinics will be built over the next few years.
"It is important that there is close cooperation between the state and federal governments. In this case, the federal government supports the improvement of health services here.
"There will be a series of projects in Sarawak within the next two to three years," he told reporters after performing the ground-breaking ceremony for the new Siburan clinic on Friday (July 26).
Dr Lee also said a new block was being planned for the Miri Hospital, while a burn unit at the Bintulu Hospital had just been completed and should be operational soon.
He added that new contractors have been appointed for the delayed Sri Aman and Petra Jaya hospitals and work will resume this year.
On the RM28.7mil Siburan clinic, Dr Lee said it would replace the existing clinic which opened in 1964.
He said the project is scheduled for completion in December 2021 and added that it would have outpatient, mother and child, emergency, dental and X-ray services.
Dr Lee also said that it would be able to accommodate up to 500 patient visits daily.
"The Siburan clinic is currently running with a specialist and a few medical officers.
"When the services increase upon the completion of the new clinic, we will post more doctors and medical staff," he said.
Welcoming the new clinic, Puncak Borneo MP Willie Mongin said it would ease congestion at the existing clinic, which currently receives 200 to 300 patients a day.
"We have waited years for a new clinic and finally it is a reality. It will be a great relief to the community and surrounding areas," he said.