Govt mulls hospital for Long Lama

Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba

KUCHING: The Ministry of Health is considering to build a hospital in Long Lama, Baram to replace a collapsed clinic in the area caused by soil erosion.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba said a suggestion to build the hospital was being looked into in order to serve residents in rural northern Sarawak.

“Currently the rate of attendance at the Long Lama health clinic is about 100 people a day and the proposal to build a hospital in Long Lama will be considered for the foreseeable future,” he said in Parliament on Thursday.

He was responding to a question from Baram MP Anyi Ngau on whether the ministry would consider building a hospital to replace the collapsed health clinic.

Dr Adham also said MoH had taken immediate actions to address the recent collapse of the clinic, which catered to a population of some 40,000.

“We have taken action to repair the area where the land has collapsed recently, the Long Lama clinic was closed and (its operations) was transferred to Long Lama community hall.

“An allocation of RM450,000 has been given for emergency work to prevent further landslides and other works related to it,” he said.

To a question from Hulu Rajang MP Datuk Wilson Ugak Kumbong on whether the Health Ministry will build a hospital in Sungai Asap to cater for the health needs of the local people, Dr Adham said the health facilities in the area were sufficient for the dwellers.

“For now, the health needs of the people in Sungai Asap can actually be accommodated with the existing health facilities. However, we will consider upgrading the facilities in Sungai Asap health clinic, in line with existing needs,” he said.

The minister also said, the clinic is special as it has an outpatient department, a mother and child clinic, medical laboratory, X-Ray facilities, pharmacy and an observation ward.

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