KUCHING: The Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) teaching hospital and the Prima Health Centre, which is currently being implemented, will benefit the growing Samarahan populace.
Kota Samarahan MP Rubiah Wang said the construction of the hospital had been one of her objectives since elected as an MP for the constituency.
“Originally, the site was in Petra Jaya but I think it is too far from Unimas and I suggested that the hospital be established near the institution of higher learning.
“I also suggested that the hospital be built near the road, outside the campus to enable the public easy access to the health services provided.
“Even though it is a teaching hospital, it can offer the same medical services and treatment as a regular hospital,” she said.
Rubiah said the suggestion for the establishment of the hospital was voiced out in Parlaiment since 2015 and was approved under the 12th Malaysia Plan.
“I’m grateful that the project to build this teaching hospital and Prima Health Centre was approved with a fund of almost RM500mil.”
She hoped that the 300-bed teaching hospital would ease the congestion at health clinics in the division.
Earlier this year, federal Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof presented the letter of acceptance to a contractor for the construction of the project.
He said the contract value of the project was RM485.99 million and the project was scheduled for completion in the next four years.
“This will alleviate the strain on existing government hospitals in Sarawak as well as provide better access to dwellers in Samarahan, Padawan, Serian, Sebuyau and Simunjan,” Fadillah had said.