KUCHING: The people of Selangau and the surrounding areas will have better access to quality health facilities next year as the construction of the Selangau Clinic Haemodialysis Centre is currently underway.
Expected to complete by November 2022, the project is a major development awaited by many.
Tamin assemblyman Christopher Gira Sambang said the cost to set up the centre is RM3 million.
“The construction work of the Selangau Clinic Haemodialysis Centre that cost RM3 million is scheduled for completion on Nov 4 next year,” said Christopher.
He said the construction of the haemodialysis centre was initially proposed since his inception as the representative of the constituency.
“I understand that there are many kidney patients who have no choice but to seek treatment at Sibu Hospital or Mukah Hospital.
In most cases, Selangau residents have to go back and forth on a weekly basis to receive treatment.
“Once this facility is operational, kidney patients would not have to seek treatment from Sibu Hospital and Mukah Hospital any longer.
Earlier in March, Gira said to ease the burden of kidney patients, a new haemodialysis centre will be erected here in Selangau. It will include six dialysis machines and will have a designated parking lot located in front of the Selangau Health Clinic.
“I have received confirmation of the approval for the development of this haemodialysis centre. Currently, it is in the process of tendering and assessment of contractor appointment,” he said.
“Hopefully, this project can be carried out immediately for the convenience of kidney patients in this area,” he said.
“I wish to extend my thanks and appreciation to the Ministry of Health Malaysia for approving our application for this allocation,” he said in a Facebook post yesterday.
Meanwhile, during the launch of the Malaysia Prihatin Programme at the Selangau Multipurpose Hall on March 25, Deputy Health Minister Datuk Aaron Ago Dagang said the construction project of this hemodialysis centre will be accelerated.