4 MARCH 2009

State Government Looking Into Options to Quickly Resolve Shortage of Hospital Beds in KK

The Sabah State Government is seriously looking at State initiatives in collaboration with the Federal Government to resolve the shortage of hospital beds as a result of the closure of the Tower Block at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Kota Kinabalu.


In expressing concern over the matter, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman said new initiatives that would provide more hospital beds in the shortest possible time would be looked into immediately.


“We are aware of the urgency of the situation.  The interest and safety of patients are paramount.  I have discussed with my colleagues in the Cabinet and we agree that we must look at options that can resolve the problem quickly.”


Musa who is also Finance Minister said this in a statement after chairing the State Cabinet meeting at Wisma Innoprise today.


He said medical consultants have been called in to weigh out the options available while waiting for a new hospital to be built.


“We are still looking towards the Federal Government to provide allocation for a fast-track construction of a new hospital in Kota Kinabalu,” he said.


While there was a proposal to purchase Sabah Medical Centre, Musa said alternatively, for the same amount of money it would cost to buy SMC, the government could provide more hospital beds and medical facilities in the state.