SARIKEI: The status of Sarikei Hospital will be upgraded to training hospital soon with the coming of seven specialist doctors.
Public Health Assistant Minister Dr Jerip Susil said this at a press conference after launching the state-level Asean Dengue Day and divisional-level Jelajah Sihat Bersama Komuniti carnival at the civic centre here yesterday.
“Sarikei Hospital already has an obstetric and gynaecology specialist, a paediatrician, eye specialist, orthopaedic specialist, oral surgeon, anaesthesiology specialist and family doctor,” he disclosed.
“With the service of the seven doctors, Sarikei Hospital is qualified to become a training hospital to provide in-house training especially for newly graduated doctors,” he said, adding the other training hospitals in the state are Sarawak General Hospital, Sibu, Miri and Bintulu hospitals.
Describing the upgrading to training hospital as a milestone for Sarikei Hospital, Dr Jerip said the hospital could see more doctors posted there in years to come.
Apart from qualified doctors, the hospital could expect trainee doctors from throughout the country to be posted there, the development bringing better health services to the local community.
On the new hospitals to be built in Sarawak, Jerip said three already in the first phase of implementation were Sri Aman Hospital, Lawas Hospital and Petra Jaya General Hospital.
As for Sri Aman Hospital, earthwork is in progress and piling would commence once the soil had stabilised, most probably by July next year.
With regard to Petra Jaya General Hospital, Jerip said the site for the over 200-bed primary and secondary hospital had been identified while Lawas Hospital was also under Phase I of implementation.
Among those present were State Health director Datu Dr Zulkifli Jantan, Engkili assemblyman Dr Johnical Rayong, state vector research officer Asmad Mat Yusof, divisional health officer Dr Hasrina Hassan and director of Sarikei Hospital, Dr Tey Siew Chang.