Uggah (clad in green T -shirt) and others inspecting the Long Lama Health Clinic.

LONG LAMA, Miri: The Long Lama health clinic will be relocated temporarily at Long Lama multipurpose hall and will be operational starting July 20.

The relocation is to facilitate the Public Works Department (JKR) to carry out comprehensive soil tests at its current location which is compromised by continuous soil erosion.

“They (JKR) are given one week to carry out the study, and come up with a solution,” said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas.

Uggah disclosed this after visiting the site on Saturday, following reports that the clinic’s structures had collapsed due to soil erosion.

He was accompanied during the visit by Assistant Minister for Local Government and Housing cum Marudi assemblyman Datuk Dr Penguang Manggil and Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau.

Uggah earlier attended a meeting with various relevant agencies on the issue. Also present was acting Miri Health officer Dr P Raviwharmman.

Uggah pointed out that the soil studies would determine the actual cause of the incident.

“We have instructed JKR to come up with a report within one week whether construction works on a Rural Growth Centre (RGC) which adjacent to the clinic is the cause of the erosion or not, if yes, then we will issue a stop work order,” he said.

He added that the State government had approved an allocation of RM70,000 to improve the facilities at Long Lama multipurpose hall for the clinic’s relocation purpose, stressing that the health services to the area must continue despite the unfortunate event, so that the locals would be able to enjoy the services provided.

Last month the building structures of Long Lama health clinic collapsed forcing a shutdown of the facility.

The Long Lama health clinic was built at a cost of RM30 million to cater for some 40,000 population within the area, seven years ago.