KUCHING: The new 108-bed Sri Aman Hospital, which is expected to be completed by year end, should be renamed as the Simanggang Hospital.
This suggestion was made by Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian, who also oversees public health in the state.
“We should consider naming it as Simanggang Hospital to differentiate it from current Sri Aman Hospital,” he said in a Facebook post on Friday (Oct 22).
On Thursday, he accompanied Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg during the latter’s working visit to the site of the hospital.
Dr Sim said the project is expected to cost around RM200 million, including the equipment needed in the hospital.
“It is 96 percent completed and is to be handed over by the end of December. We will work with the Public Works Department (JKR) and the Health Ministry for an earlier date if possible,” he said.
The Batu Kawa assemblyman said the hospital, when completed, will supply sorely-needed additional beds to treat patients in the locality as well as providing specialist facilities.
“As instructed by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg, it will also include a CT scan facility, and Pan Borneo Highway (near here) will be completed soon.
“While health is under the Federal List, but if need be, the Sarawak government is willing to buy (the equipment) for it to be available to Sarawakians,” he said.
On Thursday, JKR said only work to test and commission the new hospital’s mechanical and electrical systems, along with a minor building work, remain.
The project is in its second phase which is to construct the hospital building and quarters while the previous phase consisted of earth works and soil treatment.