Adham (front row, second right) at the earth breaking ceremony with Abang Johari (on Adham's right) and other guests.

MIRI: The new seven-floor extension building for Miri Hospital will be able to accommodate 328 beds to ease inpatient congestion, said Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba.

“The federal government is committed in improving health services to the people, especially those in the rural areas,” he said.

He said this during the earth breaking ceremony for the new extension building performed by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg on Tuesday (Oct 27).

On the 66 Sarawakians who were offered permanent posts for UD41 grade medical officers (MOs) in the state which was reported earlier this month, he believed that they will give their full commitment in serving the people in the state.

“This appointment also reflects that Sarawakians are capable and qualified to be given permanent positions as medical officers,” he said.

The 66 Sarawakians were among the 150 who were offered the permanent posts.

Also present were Senior Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof; Deputy Health Minister Datuk Aaron Ago Dagang; Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian; and Tourism, Arts, and Culture Assistant Minister Datuk Sebastian Ting.