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RM70m clinical block for Papar hosp
Published on: Friday, April 26, 2013

Papar: The locals here will be enjoying better health services when a RM70 million five-storey clinical block is built for the district hospital here.Caretaker Health Deputy Minister Datuk Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin, who disclosed this, said this proposal is in second phase of upgrading the Papar hospital to cater the current health needs of the people here.

She said the Sabah Health Department has submitted the proposal to the relevant authorities in tandem with the aspiration of Barisan Nasional (BN) transformation programmes to provide better health services.

"The first phase involved about RM7 million, which has been approved, to construct an operation theatre and upgrading the haemodialysis unit in the existing hospital building here, which is expected to be completed in the middle of next year.

"The department is in the midst of preparing the design and build for both upgrading projects. Actually, the health office here has submitted several proposals to the department and it has selected those based on the demand of health concerns and needs for the people here.

"There was an urgent need of building the operation theatre (OT) first because no surgeries or operations can be carried out in its OT now as there is a problem. All surgeries would be referred to our hospitals in the State Capital. As for the haemodialysis unit, there was an urgency to build a bigger one as the existing one has small space," she said.

Rosnah, who is a Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate for Papar parliamentary seat, was commenting on allegations by the opposition that not much has been done to improve the health services in the district here.

She said this to reporters after officiating a programme 'Kem I Want', organised by Papar Health Office, at a hall here, Thursday.

The main objective of the programme is to reach out to the society here through advocation, education and empowering the community towards practising healthy lifestyle.

Also present were Sabah Health Director Dr Christina Rundi, her deputy Dr Jamail Muhi, Papar Health Officer Dr Lim Jac Fang, Papar Assistant District Officer William Ahlan and other officials.

Rosnah, who is also incumbent Papar MP, said the clinical block would house administration office, wards, operation theatres, accident and emergency (ANE) unit and an outpatient department, among others.

To a question, she said the clinical block would be a new building for the hospital here and to be constructed on a vast field near the existing hospital here.

"Building the five-storey building is placed under second phase to act as a long-term planning and to further complement the OT (first phase) that will soon be built in the existing hospitals.

"So, when the OT is fully operational, there will be more surgeries and more wards would be carried out. Hence, there would be a need for the clinical block to be set up here to provide better health services to the people," she said.

Rosnah said human resources would be increased including providing more doctors and assistant medical officers, as well as improving level of services like cutting the waiting period to be treated will be cut short.

"I do hope that the people of Papar would discard the allegations that health aspect here has not been developed when in fact, many upgrading works and projects have been implemented since 2009 until last year to improve the health services here to benefit the people.

"The opposition has no health issue here as they have failed to see that the health services in Papar has been improved and in fact, more development projects are coming in when BN has the mandate of the people to govern the nation," she said.

In terms of health development here, Rosnah revealed that a total of RM1.5 million has been spent from 2009 until 2011 including upgrading various facilities in the district hospital.

Among them, she said, were upgrading the waiting room for outpatients by installing air-conditions, building toilets and bathrooms as well as changing rooms, building an office for the pharmacy officer, installing gas system, and upgrading the outpatient area.

Rosnah said about RM3.5 million has been spent for upgrading works on health clinics in Papar from 2009 until 2012.

Of the figure, she said, a total of RM1.1 million was allocated to renovate Kinarut Health Clinic as the highest allocation and others were upgrading the Papar dental clinic, supervise maintenance on mother and child clinic here, supervising maintenance on septic tank, upgrading pest control of termites in health clinics in Sabah including in Papar and the quarters.



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