Published on: Saturday, December 28, 2013
Kota Kinabalu: Sabah which is already a choice tourism destination may well also become the leading medical tourism State with at least three private medical centres slated for completion next year.
The latest private medical facility is Jesselton Medical Centre (JMC) in the upcoming Metro New Town expected to be ready early next year.
It borrows its name from the original name of the State Capital when it was under colonial administration.
The other two are the KPJ Sabah Specialist Hospital in Damai which is nearing completion and the Gleneagles Medical Centre (next to Sutera Harbour Resort) slated for completion early next year.
(The other existing medical centres are Sabah Medical Centre (SMC) and Rafflesia Medical Centre.
The builder of 72-bed JMC estimated to cost RM100 million is confident that its emergence will not contribute to a sudden glut of private hospitals in the State capital.
Asked whether there is a demand for a private hospital in the Metro New Town area and its surroundings in Kolombong, sources close to the builder said:
"It is good to have hospitals spread out in different areas to serve the needs of the respective communities." According to the sources, JMC will start operations by early 2014 to meet the increasing demand for private healthcare services.
Housed in a seven-storey purposely-designed building at the Metro New Town along the Lintas Ring Road, the centre is designed to be a provider of tertiary healthcare services.
Towards this end, the builder has made a bold leap by acquiring top range equipment which are the first of its kind in East Malaysia. It will also be investing in Smart Patient terminals, which will be the first of its kind in South East Asia.
"JMC is dedicated to providing patients with consistent quality healthcare services of international standards. It also aims to improve the quality of life through health-related activities.
"All this is in line with our commitment to becoming a one-stop centre of excellence in the provision of quality medical care in Sabah and the BIMP-EAGA region," said the sources.
When completed, the centre's comprehensive modern facilities will include 24 hours Accident and Emergency Services, sophisticated and state-of-the-art Imaging equipment, professional medical and surgical services in an aesthetic environment.
Its three operating theatres will be equipped with ultra-clean ventilation by utilising the latest innovation in operating theatre ventilation.
TripAdvisor recently rated Kota Kinabalu as the sixth best place to visit in Asia.