Rosnah (4th right) visiting a patient at the hospital yesterday
KOTA KINABALU 26th August, 2011: Construction of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital 1 (QEH1) twin towers costing RM365 million will be fully completed in December next year.
And, it will provide an extra 661 beds to cater for patients seeking treatment at the hospital.
Deputy Health Minister Datuk Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin said this at a press conference after visiting the hospital here yesterday.
She explained that the delay in completing the project was due to shortage of cement and other factors.
“However the contractor undertaking the project has given an assurance work is progressing smoothly. We hope it will be completed as scheduled,” Rosnah added.
Also present during the visit were state health director Dr Mohd Yusof Ibrahim, QEH director Dr Zuraidah Ahmad Babji as well as BTC Group chief executive officer Haji Abdul Kadir Sikkandar.
On the 1Malaysia boat clinic service at the Kinabatangan River, Rosnah said it would commence operation soon.
This clinic service, she said, would significantly benefit the people living along the river.
“There is a doctor, pharmacist, medical assistant and a nurse to treat those who are sick.
The 1Malaysia boat clinic service was launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak at Pekan Marudi in April this year to provide medical services to interior residents living near the river.
It is a joint effort of the government and Yayasan 1Malaysia Development Berhad (IMDB).