November 17, 2010
KUCHING, Nov 17 — Sarawak’s second general hospital will be located in Petrajaya here, and is expected to be completed by 2014.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the new hospital would lessen the high number of patients and cases which were currently referred to the Sarawak General Hospital here.
He said the Sarikei Hospital would also be upgraded as a specialist hospital to cater to people in the surrounding divisions and lessen the waiting time of certain cases.
He said, another heart specialist hospital would begin operations early next year, at the Sarawak International Medical Centre in Kota Samarahan near here.
Liow was speaking after a working visit to the Betong Hospital in Betong yesterday.
Given that the average life span of Malaysians had improved over the years, with men reaching 72 and women, 76.4, the minister said the situation warranted more rural clinics to give the public the best health service.
Liow noted that the service of Malaysian doctors was on par with those in developed countries. — Bernama