Saturday, June 27, 2015

31 healthcare facilities damaged after Sabah quake, says minister

The earthquake, which struck Sabah on June 5 and the following aftershocks, damaged 31 healthcare facilities, said Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam.

Of the total, 11 were in Ranau, comprising five rural clinics, four health clinics and the Ranau Hospital quarters while damage in Tuaran involved a health clinic, a maternal and child health clinic and six rural clinics, he said.

Nine healthcare facilities damaged in Kota Belud were the government hospital, a health clinic and seven rural clinics, he added.

Subramaniam said that in Papar, a maternal and child health clinic and a rural clinic were damaged while in Putatan a health clinic was damaged.

"The ministry will work with the Public Works Department to ascertain the damage. If forensic examination finds the buildings to be unsafe, we will build new facilities.

"If the structure of the buildings are safe and only require repair, then we will repair the buildings," he said in Ranau, Sabah today.

Badly damaged facilities had to be vacated.

Subramaniam said the operation of a rural clinic in Kelawat, Tuaran, had to be transferred to nearby premises due to severe cracks on the building.

"Health services in all the affected areas operated as usual although we had to relocate to other premises.”

Asked about the construction of health facilities in areas at high risk of earthquake such as Ranau and Kundasang, he said the ministry would seek advice from the Meteorological Department, the Minerals and Geoscience Department and other agencies. – Bernama, June 25, 2015.

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