State Health Department Director Dr Christina Rundi said so far, the QEH Accident and Emergency Department has already moved in and operational at the ground level of the new twin tower building, which was handed over by the contractor to the department in April this year.
"We are also now in the process of moving in by stages the equipment and facilities into the building," she said when met after she received a courtesy call from Inanam community leaders, led by Chinese Kapitan Andrew Lim, at her office in the Federal House here.
"The rest of the QEH temporary wards like at the Lingzhi Museum, SMC and Likas are also in the process of moving in, which needs to be done in stages as it is not an easy process, especially when there are in-patients undergoing treatment there," she said.
"And also, at the same time, not all the new medical equipment meant for the twin tower building have already arrived, so we have to do it in stages," she added.
She is nevertheless confident that the twin tower building will be fully operational before year-end.
Dr Christina also said the new Tuaran District Hospital building has been handed over by the contractor in April and "we are now in the process of filling it up with new medical equipment and facilities, as well as transferring present equipment and facilities from the old hospital.
"We hope this new hospital, which has 77 beds, will be fully operational before the end of this yearÉit will cater to in-patients from both Tuaran and here," he said.
Presently, the city has four hospitals, namely the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH), Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) II, Women and Children Hospital and Hospital Mesra Bukit Padang.
As for health clinics here, the biggest are in Luyang, Inanam, Telipok and Menggatal.
There are also two mother and child clinics each at Harrington in Luyang and the city centre.
"We also have a lot of 1Malaysia clinics. For this year, we actually also have a plan to open up another two 1Malaysia clinics. But due to problems in finding suitable places at the areas where these proposed clinics are supposed to be set up, both have to be relocated to other areas which do not have it," said Dr Christina.
For Penampang and Putatan, there are presently two health clinics.
"But we also have a new health clinic being built near Kg Dambai to cater to the need of the two districts.
The problem is this project is a little delayed because we just finished earth filling worksÉwhen this project is completed, we will have three clinics in the Penampang/Putatan area," she said.