SIMANGGANG: The new Sri Aman Hospital or Hospital Sri Aman II is 95 per cent ready and is in its final phase of construction.
Deputy Minister of Talent Development Datuk Francis Harden Hollis visited the construction site on Monday (April 4).
“The purpose of the visit was to determine the progress of the hospital construction which has entered its final phase. The Hospital Sri Aman II will be equipped with 108 beds and specialists, making it a modern medical centre.
“According to Loretta Nihol, the senior civil engineer from the federal Public Works Department (JKR), which is the project implementing agency, the hospital is 99.5 per cent complete with the remaining works left for the installation of equipment and compliance with Fire and Rescue Department (BOMBA) safety procedures,” he said.
The Simanggang assemblyman was accompanied by a delegation of community leaders and village heads (KMKK), among others.
He hoped the delegation could explain and disseminate accurate information on the hospital’s construction status to their respective communities.
“It is hoped that the delegation will share the latest developments on the construction of the hospital and disseminate important information to their community.
“The operation of the hospital is under the purview of the Ministry of Health (MoH), thus it is not within our jurisdiction to determine the actual date of the hospital’s operation.
“However, we understand that services will be carried out gradually until full operations can be achieved once requirements have been fulfilled,” he said.
For the record, the RM200 million Hospital Sri Aman II project commenced in phases where the first phase involved site works and installation of piling, followed by physical construction under the second phase.
The site was handed over to the contractor on Oct 26 in 2015 and the project faced several challenges, including the enforcement of the movement control order (MCO) during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Among those in Francis’ delegation were Pemanca Lee Siang Hua, Penghulus Tiong Chong Onn, Kang Tai Kong, Mingging Sigan and Andar Suntai, Kapitan Ling Siew Hung and councillors Denneil Saweng and Gerunsen Nyelang.