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Adenan: Bintulu needs modern medical facilities

Borneo Post Online by Yunus Yussop,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  . Posted on April 14, 2014, Monday

Photo shows Ghazali (third right) explains some details on the model of Columbia Commercial Centre to Adenan (second left) and other guests.

BINTULU: The expansion of Columbia Asia Hospital here is timely as Bintulu has grown from a village of barely 5,000 people to an industrial town with over a quarter million people.

Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Adenan Satem said the Bintulu of today thus required modern medical facilities and healthcare services.

“With modern facilities, various diseases that cannot be detected in the past with just traditional treatment can now be cured,” he said at the ground-breaking ceremony of Columbia Asia Hospital Bintulu expansion project and the development of Columbia Commercial Centre at Jalan Tan Sri Ikhwan in Tanjung Kidurong yesterday.

He noted that in the past the people here mainly depended on traditional treatments to cure their health ailments.

Adenan said mainly because of the oil and gas industry, Bintulu had developed to what it is today, and would continue to grow and prosper.

“The development of Samalaju will boost Bintulu as an industrialised city. A private hospital is required. It is a must-have criterion for a developing town like Bintulu.

“In Kuching we have four private hospitals. It started with Normah more than 30 years ago, and it was successful. In fact, people from Indonesia are going to Kuching to seek medical treatment.”

He congratulated ASSAR-Bintulu Development Authority (BDA) for providing the best healthcare services here with the expansion project and also for their collaboration with Nationlink Group of Companies to develop the Columbia Commercial Centre, which located along Jalan Tan Sri Ikhwan in Tanjung Kidurong.

This commercial development project, spanning 11.57 acres, he opined, would be able to meet the needs of the increasing population.

When completed, there would be 57 units of three-storey shophouses and a hotel building to accommodate the needs of the local community, surrounding industries and family members of patients who undergo medical treatment at Columbia Asia Hospital Bintulu.

Meanwhile, ASSAR Group of Companies managing director Tan Sri Datuk Amar Bujang Mohd Noor said Columbia Asia Hospital Bintulu was the second private hospital after Columbia Asia Hospital Miri to be managed by Columbia Asia Healthcare Sdn Bhd in Sarawak.

“Since it began operations in 2010, Columbia Asia Hospital Bintulu has experienced encouraging growth in its business, and in line with rapid development that is taking place in and around Bintulu, more services are required to accommodate the increasing demand for healthcare services.

“As such the new building, upon completion, will expand the entire hospital by a total floor space of approximately 3,000 square metres.”

There will be six new medical specialist clinics, additional space for new Magnetic Resonance Imaging, mammogram machines as well as patients wards upgrading with additional 17 beds to bring the new total to 32 beds.

“The new building will also make provision for any future needs, which would enable it to add more patient wards.”

Also present were Bintulu MP Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing, Assistant Minister of Tourism Datuk Talib Zulpilip, Assistant Minister of Public Utilities (Electricity and Telecommunications) Datuk Dr Stephen Rundi Utom, Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Office (Native Adat and Penan Affairs) Datuk John Sikie Tayai, Bintulu Development Authority (BDA) deputy chairman Tan Sri Celestine Ujang Jilan, Bintulu Resident Muhamad Yakup Kari, BDA general manager Datu Mohidin Ishak and ASSAR BDA Sdn Bhd chairman Ghazali Ismail.